KMT calls on Ja­pan to for­mally apol­o­gize for ‘com­fort women’

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The rul­ing Kuom­intang (KMT) on Fri­day called on the Ja­panese gov­ern­ment to face the history of World War II truth­fully and to for­mally apol­o­gize for the Ja­panese mil­i­tary’s prac­tice of forc­ing women in Tai­wan into sex­ual slav­ery dur­ing the war.

KMT spokesper­son Lin Yi­hua said in a press re­lease on In­ter­na­tional Me­mo­rial Day for the “com­fort women” — as they have be­come known eu­phemisti­cally — that the prac­tice was a se­ri­ous vi­o­la­tion of hu­man rights dur­ing wartime.

In 1995, the United Na­tions Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion de­fined the forc­ing of “com­fort women” into pros­ti­tu­tion as sex­ual slav­ery, and Tai­wan’s Leg­is­la­ture passed a res­o­lu­tion in 2008 de­mand­ing that Ja­pan abide by the com­mis­sion’s rec­om­men­da­tions and make a pub- lic apol­ogy said.

While the op­po­si­tion Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party ( DPP) also voiced its sup­port for the “com­fort women” on so­cial media, Lin crit­i­cized Tsai Ing-wen, the DPP chair­woman and pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, for not set­ting the record straight when she had the chance.

Lin said Tsai should have helped stu­dents learn the his­tor­i­cal truth re­gard­ing “com­fort women” when vis­it­ing stu­dents camped out­side the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion in protest of the re­vised high school history cur­ricu­lum guide­lines in late July.

Some of the stu­dent protesters con­tended that prob­a­bly not all “com­fort women” were forced into pros­ti­tu­tion by the Ja­panese mil­i­tary dur­ing World War II, a claim that aroused heated de­bate over the is­sue.

to the vic­tims, Lin

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