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(回答先: シドニーで元慰安婦らが集会（時事通信） 投稿者 ジリノフスキー松田 日時 2007 年 3 月 07 日 20:37:36)
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'Comfort Women' Survivors and Friends to Gather in Sydney, Seek Justice From Japan
Posted on : Tue, 06 Mar 2007 21:45:01 GMT | Author : Friends of "Comfort Women" in Australia
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SYDNEY, Australia, March 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Beginning at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, March 7, 2007, three "Comfort Women" survivors -- Jan Ruff O'Herne AO, Hsiu Mei Wu and Gil Won Ok -- will gather in front of the Japanese consulate in Martin Place, Sydney with Friends of "Comfort Women" in Australia (FCWA).
This event is in solidarity with Global "Wednesday Demonstration" for International Women's Day, with survivors from Australia, Taiwan and Korea coming together to seek justice from the Japanese government.
The so-called "Wed Demo" will call on the Japanese government to provide an official apology from the Japanese government, to pay reparations adhering to international standards and to commit to non-repetition of sexual slavery of women during war by, but not limited to, correct teaching of "Comfort Women" issue in history textbooks.
Jan Ruff O'Herne, an Australian survivor, says, "I forgive the Japanese for the war time atrocities done to me. But I can never forget. It's about getting an official and unambiguous apology from the Japanese government to get our dignity back."
"The Japanese government continues to argue that they have apologized," says FCWA Campaign Coordinator Anna Song.
Ms. Song says, "The official apology we are asking for is one directly addressed to the survivors from the Prime Minister of Japan as his government's official representative, which cannot be disputed or recalled with the intention of redressing this issue with justice."
"In celebration of International Women's Day 2007, FCWA invites the Japanese government to our 'Wed Demo' in the hope that the 'Comfort Women' issue can be resolved in spirit of friendship. First step to this friendship is a sincere and official apology from the government" says Ms. Song.
FCWA is happy to see increasing support in Australia for "Comfort Women," including Senator Kerry Nettle moving the second motion in the Australian Senate on this issue.
Jan Ruff O'Herne testified about her experiences before a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives on February 25.
Friends of "Comfort Women" in Australia
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