Korean 'Comfort Women' Redress 2012 through the Lens of U.S. Civil and Human Rights Reparatory Justice Experiences
Eric K. Yamamoto
University of Hawaii - William S. Richardson School of Law
June 15, 2012
11 J. Korean L. 123-149 (2012)
In light of international scrutiny, what might be next steps toward redress for the Korean and other World War II Military Sex Slaves, in terms of strategic framing of their claims to reparatory justice? More particularly, viewed through a lens of American redress experiences, and particularly the U.S. apology and reparations for the Japanese American World War II internment, what might human rights tenets of reparatory justice offer established governments faced with challenges to their legitimacy as democracies in the face of unredressed human rights transgressions?
Redressing the wounds of injustice has become a matter central to the future of civil societies. Whether a country heals persisting wounds is increasingly viewed as integral, (1) domestically, to enabling it to deal with pain, guilt and division linked to its past in order to now live peaceably and work productively, and (2) globally, to claiming legitimacy as a democracy genuinely committed to human rights (which affects a country's standing on international security and responsible economic development.) People and governments -- especially democracies with histories of human rights abuses -- all have a stake in justice that repairs.
This larger stake in democratic legitimacy that a country like Japan has -- especially as it seeks to expand its influence in international security -- lies at the heart of this assessment of strategic future paths toward "Comfort Women" redress.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 27
Keywords: redress, reparatory justice, human rights, democratic legitimacy, reparations, apology, reconciliation, social healing, comfort women, U.S. congress, Japanese American internmen
Date posted: January 18, 2013