Offer Apology and Compensation to Victims of State-Sanctioned Sexual Slavery

Target: Suga Yoshihide, Prime Minister of Japan

Goal: Accept responsibility for wide-scale exploitation of and violence towards women during World War II.

Before and during the Second World War, the Imperial Japanese Army held hundreds of thousands of young women and girls in captivity as sex slaves, euphemistically described as “comfort women.” These women, some as young as 14, were subjected to horrific psychological, emotional, and physical abuse. While those who survived were duly returned to their countries of origin, they were never offered any restitution for their experiences.

Now, a South Korean court has taken the landmark step of ordering the Japanese government to compensate 12 of the surviving victims of this programmatic abuse. Although Japan has declared that it enjoys sovereign immunity to charges of sanctioning the systematic abduction and abuse of these women, the victims’ demands remain unanswered, and the recent court decision, as well as international law, is on their side.

Sign the petition below to demand that the survivors of officially-sanctioned exploitation and violence receive a full acknowledgment of Japan’s guilt and long-overdue compensation.


Dear Prime Minister Suga,

The plight of the comfort women, forced to offer sexual services to troops of the Empire of Japan, has long been understood and acknowledged in Korea and abroad. Yet the government of Japan has consistently denied its responsibility in the establishment and maintenance of the program while denying apologies and restitution to its victims.

While successive Japanese governments have been eager to forget the issue, the Korean public and the Seoul Central District Court have not. The recent court decision confirms that the few remaining survivors must be offered the long-awaited reparations, in accordance with every ethical and legal principle in Korean, Japanese, and international law. I demand that the plaintiffs in this case be extended every consideration, a full public acknowledgment of guilt, and financial compensation as the bare minimum attempt to render justice.


[Your Name Here]

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