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Govt backs 'comfort women' memory of the world registration

By AN BAIJIE ( Updated: 2016-05-31 17:01

To ensure that the pain and suffering of so-called comfort women is not wiped from the world's memory, the government fully supports applications to a UN organization dedicated to preserving historical facts. Applications to register "comfort women" files to the Memory of the World is supported by the government, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Some non-governmental organizations are planning to apply for the registration, and such activities could help people around the world understand the cruelty of the war, remember history, and cherish peace, spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a regular news conference.

"Comfort women" is a term used to describe those forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army before and during World War II.

Enslaving "comfort women" was a grave crime committed by Japanese imperialists, she said.

The Memory of the World Program was launched by UNESCO to guard against collective amnesia and to preserve the valuable archives and library collections.

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