ASIAN CENTRE FOR WOMEN’S HUMAN RIGHTS (ASCENT) （日本語）
On the occasion of the US House of Representatives deliberation on House Resolution 121, regarding Comfort Women, ASCENT issues this statement:
Last June 26th 2007, we commend the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs on the passage of House Resolution 121 introduced by Congressman Honda.
The House Resolution introduced in January 31, 2007
“Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that the Government of Japan--
(1) should formally acknowledge, apologize, and accept historical responsibility in a clear and unequivocal manner for its Imperial Armed Force's coercion of young women into sexual slavery, known to the world as `comfort women' , during its colonial and wartime occupation of Asia and the Pacific Islands from the 1930s through the duration of World War II;
(2) should have this official apology given as a public statement presented by the Prime Minister of Japan in his official capacity;
(3) should clearly and publicly refute any claims that the sexual enslavement and trafficking of the `comfort women' for the Japanese Imperial Armed Forces never occurred; and
(4) should educate current and future generations about this horrible crime while following the recommendations of the international community with respect to the `comfort women' .”
Since 1992, the survivors of the sexual slavery system had voiced these same sentiments and demands to which the government of Japan continues to turn a deaf ear.
Today, our hopes are raised upon hearing that the US Congress supported and passed the resolution. Despite the efforts by some in Japan to distort history and even conducted a smear campaign against the survivors, we continue to be resolute in the conviction that the global community will support the TRUTH and will work with us in realizing justice for the Comfort Women.
We sincerely thank the US Congress in this show of support and commitment to defend human rights and restore the dignity of the Comfort Women. We hope you continue the support already demonstrated until the government of Japan abides by the recommendations of the international community for an official apology and providing reparation adhering to International Law.