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Koreans Will Surely Force Japan to Pay for its Past Human Rights Abuses

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)

Pyongyang, June 23 (KCNA) -- The Korean people will certainly force Japan to pay for the hideous human rights abuses committed by Japan in the past, Rodong Sinmun Wednesday says in a signed article.

This year marks the lapse of 65 years after the Japanese imperialists' defeat and a centenary of the fabrication of the "Korea-Japan Annexation Treaty", the article notes, citing facts to prove that Japan has committed unpardonable crimes against the Korean people in its history.

It goes on:

During their occupation of Korea the Japanese imperialists forcibly drafted or abducted more than 8.4 million Koreans to use them as cannon fodder in wars and drove them hard like beasts of burden, mercilessly killing at least one million Koreans and forcing 200 000 Korean women into sexual slavery.

They did not treat those Korean women who were taken as "comfort women" as human beings but considered them as "mere animals" satisfying their sexual lust.

Owing to the Japanese imperialists' human rights abuses a lot of Korean women met tragic deaths in an alien land and even those who narrowly escaped death after serving as sexual slaves were forced to die in distress while living in disgrace, disdain and pain.

The Japanese imperialists took away and kidnapped a lot of Koreans to force them to do mediaeval slave labor, etc. and mercilessly killed them.

During the Pacific War, the Japanese imperialist aggressor troops that had advanced into the South Sea Islands made no scruple of killing Korean civilian employees in their units and eating their flesh when their supply route was cut off.

The Japanese imperialists' forcible drafting and kidnapping in the past were the hideous crimes against humanity which can never be written off no matter how much water may flow under the bridge and how often a generation is replaced by a new one. No statute of limitations is applicable to human rights abuses, concludes the article.

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