Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Go On! Conference on WWII Women Enslaved

(Go On! is an occasional item on symposia of interest.) Tomorrow marks the 1st day of a 4-day World Conference on Japanese Military Sexual Slavery, bringing together "scholars, non-governmental organizations, human rights activists, attorneys, artists, and most importantly, survivors." Concerned
about matters about which we too have posted (here, here, and here, and here), conference organizers aim

to coalesce around a unified plan of action for obtaining the recognition and justice due to aging survivors of Japan's Military Sexual Slavery brutally imposed during World War II (euphemistically known as "comfort women"). Japan's "comfort women" system was the largest sexual trafficking of women known to modern history, for which Japan has steadfastly refused to apologize.

There's an NGO conference tomorrow, followed by an academic conference on October 5, legal conference on October 6, and a vigil on the last day. All events are at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Speakers, particularly at the legal conference, include many women international law experts: Patricia Viseur Sellers, Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia; Indai Lourdes Sajor, U.N. Development Programme; Indonesian lawyer and lawmaker Nursyahbani Katjasungkana; Rhonda Copelon, CUNY Law School; Dinah Shelton, George Washington School of Law; and Kathleen Kim, Loyola Law School.
(photo of Korean women subjected to slavery at Japanese hands from Seoul Times)

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