May 15, 2017 09:31
The UN Committee Against Torture is urging Korea and Japan to revise their 2015 deal on the Korean victims of sexual enslavement by the Japanese army in World War II.
The committee says the agreement should be modified to "ensure that the surviving victims… are provided with redress, including the right to compensation and rehabilitation and the right to truth, reparation and assurances of non-repetitions."
The recommendation could prompt President Moon Jae-in to demand renegotiations. He has already told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the Korean people "cannot accept" the deal that was reached under the Park Geun-hye administration.
The deal provides indirect reparations for the victims but leaves Japan without the obligation to admit that the atrocity was carried out at orders from the top.
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