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Japanese Comfort Women

Sarah Hanson-Young 19 Aug 2009

That the Senate:

(a) notes:

(i) August 15 was the sixty-fourth anniversary since the conclusion of the World War Two; and
(ii) During the war, up to 200,000 women and girls were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military and kept in ‘comfort stations’; 

(b) recognises that:

(iii) the Japanese ‘comfort women’ have yet to receive an apology or any official acknowledgment of the grave human rights abuses that were suffered at the hands of the Japanese military; and
(iv) Since 2007, the US, the Netherlands, the UK, Canada, the European Union (with 27 member countries), South Korea, Taiwan and three city councils in Japan have all passed similar motions calling on the Japanese Government to accept full responsibility and apologise for the abuses of 'comfort women’.

(c) calls on the Australian Government to urge the Japanese Government to:

(i) accept full responsibility for the abuses of ‘comfort women’; and
(ii) officially apologise for the crimes committed against the women; and
(iii) provide adequate compensation to 'comfort women' or their immediate families; and
(iv) accurately teach the history of comfort women in schools.

 Motion negatived. Ayes: 7 (Greens, Xenophon, Fielding). Noes: 37 (Labor, Liberal).

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