PRESS RELEASE

4/12/2000

IED/HLP DENOUNCES JAPANíS CONTEMPT FOR ITS WORLD WAR II VICTIMS

In its statement under the "Slavery" agenda item to the UN Commission on Human Rights, IED/HLP denounced Japan for dishonoring yet again its World War II victims by still refusing to provide compensation and by hiding behind a treaty that cannot legally shield Japan from its duty to pay. In the statement, delivered by IED/HLP attorney Karen Parker, IED stated:

"These victimsí lives have been ruined by the vile treatment they received during the war and continue to receive in light of Japanís obvious contempt for them and their plight."

The statement pointed out that Germany has willingly provided redress for its victims, and went on to urge that Japan be denied a role in international affairs until it provides full justice to its World War II victims. IEDís delegate Adam Branch states: "We have been with these victims for many years, and we will continue to demand compensation for them until every last one is fully honored."

The statement pointed out that North Korean, Chinese, and other victims cannot be refused payment on the basis of the Allied Treaty (1951, San Francisco), because their governments are not parties to it. Regarding the Allied Treaty, IED points out that no treaty that allows or excuses slavery, including excusing the obligation to fully compensate victims of slavery, is valid. The 1951 Treaty also provides that if Japan enters into a treaty with another power providing more than the $14 dollars for POWs (and $0 for civilian internees) that "passed through" the Treaty for victims, then Japan must pay nationals of the states ratifying the Allied Treaty the same amount. As Japanís subsequent treaty with Switzerland provides for vastly greater sums, Japan now owes that greater sum to all Allied nationals.