Second symposium on the Seoul Central District Court's ruling ordering Japan to pay reparations to Japanese military sexual slavery victims
This second symposium in the series is hosted by ten South Korean National Assembly members and organized by the Korean Council, Research Network on Japanese Military Sexual Slavery, Lawyers for a Democratic Society, and the House of Sharing.
Sang-hui Lee, an attorney on a task force overseeing the comfort women issue for MINBYUN-Lawyers for a Democratic Society (민주사회를 위한 변호사모임), is the first presenter. Click here for Sang-hui Lee's interview in The Hankyoreh.
The panel session that Sung Sohn presented is on the significance of the ruling as seen by the international community and media outlets. Click here for Sung's essay Landmark Seoul Central District Court Ruling on Japan’s System of Military Sexual Slavery. The other two participants in this session are:
Professor Tae-Woong Baek, William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii Professor Baek, specializing in international human rights law, was actively engaged in the democracy movement against the military dictatorship and labor movement in South Korea during the '80s and '90s.
Mee-Hee Shin, Executive Director of the Citizens’ Coalition for Democratic Media (민주언론시민연합)
Date: January 28 (KST)
Time: 2 pm-6 pm (KST)
The Victims Won: South Korea court orders Japan to pay reparations to Japanese military sexual slavery victims
On January 8, 2021, the Seoul Central District Court in South Korea made a landmark decision ordering Japan to pay reparations to the victims of the Japanese military sexual slavery system before and during World War II. The Court, stating that the victims suffered a crime against humanity, ordered the Japanese government to pay 100 million won (approximately US$91,000) each to the surviving victim and family members of those who are deceased. In August 2013, twelve women filed for court mediation seeking 100 million won each for damages incurred from the Japanese government. Japan refused to accept the mediation and relevant documents known as a public notification. Then the case proceeded to a formal trial.
For more information on this landmark case as well as others, click here.
South Korean NGOs (English)
MINBYUN-Lawyers for a Democratic Society (Korean)
ESJF thanks and wishes the Korean Council resounding success in its continued efforts to bring justice and empowerment to all victims of sexual violence for many decades to come.