Yesterday at the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women it was reported that the Korea-Japan Agreement on comfort women cannot be seen as having solved the issue.
Today in the United States, the comfort women victims continue to voice their opposition against the Agreement.
Kim Beom-hyun has more.
In light of International Women’s Day on March 8, the elderly comfort women victims visited Washington D.C., the capital of the United States, and New York, where the UN headquarters is located.
They paid the visit in order to protest against the conclusion of the Korea-Japan Agreement on the issue of comfort women made last December.
At a press conference in a restaurant in Virginia, Gil Won-ok, who is eighty-nine years old this year, said that she cannot accept the Korea-Japan Agreement.
<Gil Won-ok / Comfort Women Victim> “They should have asked us for our input first, and not have [the two governments] sit down, banter, and reach an agreement….”
She also made it clear that what the victims need is a heartfelt apology from Japan.
<Gil Won-ok / Comfort Women Victim> “We are not asking for food or blinded by money. We want the truth….”
At about the same time, Lee Yong-su, eighty-eight years old today, visited the New York City Hall to hold a press conference.
She also said that she “cannot accept the Korea-Japan Agreement,” and that “Japan must offer an official apology and pay legal compensation.”
The press conference in New York was organized by Laurie Cumbo, the Chair of the Committee on Women’s Issues. Ms. Cumbo emphasized that “the Japanese government must provide an opportunity for the comfort women victims to recover their dignity.”
In the meantime, on March 9 local time, Ms. Gil Won-ok plans to participate in the Wednesday rally in front of the Japanese Embassy in the U.S., along with the Korean Council for Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan, to again call for a heartfelt apology from Japan.
Kim Beom-hyun reporting for Yonhap News TV from Washington D.C.
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