November 24, 2023 08:22
A Korean appellate court on Thursday overturned a lower court ruling and ordered the Japanese government to compensate victims of wartime sexual slavery.
The Seoul High Court ordered Japan to pay W200 million to each of the 16 victims (US$1=W1,298). It said Tokyo must pay reasonable compensation as the country's "illegal acts are recognized" when mobilizing the so-called "comfort women" on the Korean Peninsula in World War II.
Back in 2021, the Seoul Central District Court dismissed the case citing "sovereign immunity," a concept in customary international law that renders states immune from civil suits in foreign countries.
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