SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, March 21, 2018 – On 22 March, the Seoul Metropolitan Government and a research team led by Professor Chung Chin-sung at Seoul National University Human Rights Center (hereinafter “SNU research team”) have released a series of casebooks (Vol. 1&2). They cover 4 topics including the vivid testimonies of 16 sexual slavery victims and the Women’s International War Crimes Tribunal. The city government and the research team conducted local research in US, Thailand and UK. During the research, they discovered historical supporting evidence and conducted cross analysis. The book title is ｢Taken, abandoned, and standing in front of us: Stories of “wartime sexual slavery” victims for Japanese troops with photos and materials (hereinafter “Story of Korean wartime sexual slavery”)｣. This publication is part of the “Archive Management Projects on Korean Wartime Sexual Slavery for Japanese Imperial Army” which has been led by the city government since 2016.
The Seoul city government published the country’s first casebook on wartime sexual slavery in 2017 by gathering and analyzing the testimonies of wartime sexual slavery victims and evidentiary materials in a multi-dimensional way. Following the project, the Seoul Metropolitan Government has released the new edition by adding historical records discovered recently, the testimonies of 6 victims including Noh Su-Bok and Kang Do-Ah, and 4 other relevant topics. The casebook is of great significance in that it’s the first publication that analyzes supporting materials based on oral testimonies of the victims collected over the last 26 years. The late Kim Hak-Soon is the first victim in the country to give testimony on wartime sexual slavery in August 1991.
Under the “Archive Management Projects on Korean Wartime Sexual Slavery for Japanese Imperial Army” led by the Seoul city government, the SNU research team made a visit to Thailand and UK with US NARA (National Archives and Records Administration). They conducted research to find “wartime sexual slavery”-related materials among the large masses of data. The effort led to the discovery of valuable materials such as the official documents of the allied forces of the United States and China, records of prisoner interrogation, still pictures and maps.
The casebook features the victims in various regions to show the fact that the wartime sexual slavery were found in all Asia Pacific regions including China, Japan, Singapore and Burma and the Korean female victims were taken from place to place.