U.S. House Marks 'Comfort Women' Resolution

      July 24, 2012 11:54

      The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday commemorates the fifth anniversary of a resolution on women who were sexually enslaved by the Japanese army during the World War II.

      An influential U.S. political group, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, is likely to participate in the event. According to Korean groups that organized the event, the speakers include not only Korean representatives but also members of Amnesty International and the NAACP.

      Established in 1909, the NAACP is the largest and oldest human rights organization for African-Americans. It wields huge political influence, and is a must-visit organization for presidential candidates.

      Kim Dong-suk of Korean American Civic Empowerment said, "The participation of the NAACP shows that the issue has become a human rights concern beyond Korea and Japan. It reflects growing interest on this matter in the U.S."

      The U.S. House adopted the resolution on July 30, 2007 demanding the Japanese government admit that Tokyo forcefully mobilized young women to serve as sex slaves for the Japanese soldiers during World War II, make an official apology and take responsibility.

      The resolution has been praised for raising worldwide awareness of the problem. The fifth anniversary event is expected to draw many U.S. congressmen.

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