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‘I will continue to be brave’: Surviving WWII Filipino ‘comfort women’ fight for recognition, apology

  • The remaining Filipino women who were forced into sexual slavery by Imperial Japan during World War II are planning to submit a petition to newly elected members of the Philippine government.
  • This petition will demand the Philippines’ next administration to “grant recognition to the [survivors’] official plight.”
  • These survivors, who are euphemistically called “comfort women,” were abducted and coerced into sexual slavery for the gratification of military personnel during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines from 1942 to 1945.
  • Members of Lila Pilipina (League of Philippine Lolas), an organization founded in 1994 by surviving comfort women and their supporters, are still fighting for a formal apology from Japan, as well as an official position from the Philippine government that condemns the Imperial Japanese Army’s actions.

The remaining Filipino survivors who were forced into sexual slavery by Imperial Japan during World War II are planning to submit a petition for justice to be served.

The survivors, who are euphemistically called “comfort women,” were abducted and coerced into sexual slavery for the gratification of military personnel during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines from 1942 to 1945.

‘I will fight until the very end’: South Korean WWII sex slavery survivor, 93, demands UN seek justice

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  • A South Korean woman who was subjected to sexual slavery during World War II is demanding that the United Nations seek justice by asking Japan for a formal apology and acknowledgement of full responsibility.
  • As the number of living survivors declines, 93-year-old Lee Yong-soo believes this may be her last hope at getting closure.
  • Lee and other international sexual slavery survivors subitted a petition last week to take the issue to the UN’s International Court of Justice.
  • Lee first told her story to the world in 1992 and has been fighting for justice ever since, expressing that she will continue to advocate for herself and other victims “until the very end.”
  • At the age of 16, Lee was taken from her home and forced into serving as a sex slave for the Japanese Imperial Army while enduring harrowing abuse at a Japanese military brothel in Taiwan.
  • Of 239 women who registered with the Seoul government as victims of wartime slavery, only 12 remain alive today.

Lee Yong-soo, a woman who was subjected to sexual slavery during World War II under the Imperial Japanese Army, is demanding that the United Nations (UN) seek justice by asking Japan to formally apologize and take full responsibility.

After being inspired by Korean human rights activist Kim Hak-sun, Lee told her story to the world in 1992. She described having been dragged away from home at 16 and forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army. Lee faced harrowing torture and abuse at a Japanese military brothel in Taiwan until the end of the war.