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Seoul urges "comfort women" issue addressed as universal human rights issue Updated: 2021-02-24 10:02:35 KST


On the international stage, South Korea is calling for Japan's wartime sexual slavery to be addressed as a universal human rights issue, and urged for the future prevention of such violence.
During a high-level segment at the 46th Session of the Human Rights Council on Tuesday, Seoul's 2nd vice foreign minister Choi Jong-moon said the tragedy of the so-called "comfort women" must be addressed as a universal human rights issue, urging for the prevention of a recurrence.
He added it's crucial they do not forget the victims, and current and future generations should learn lessons from the "painful" experience of the past.
The minister pledged the South Korean government will continue working to restore "dignity and honor" of the victims.

During the UN's virtual session, the minister said South Korea has profound interest in and concerns over the human rights situation in North Korea.
Choi also touched upon the humanitarian situation of people in North Korea suffering amid COVID-19, economic sanctions and natural disasters.
He added the South hopes the North responds to their calls for solving the separated families issue.
On the recent political turmoil in Myanmar, he said South Korea fully respects the people of Myanmar's aspiration for democracy, and hopes the issue will be resolved peacefully.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.
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