In December 2000, the Women's International War Crimes Tribunal on Japan's Military Sexual Slavery was convened through the efforts of non-governmental organizations throughout Asia to ensure some form of accountability for the aging former 'comfort women,' those women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. This massive system of enslavement had gone unpunished for more than 50 years.
One year later, the 'people's tribunal' reconvened to release the full judgment at a special ceremony which was conducted in The Hague, the Netherlands.
Public Hearing on Crimes Against Women
in Recent Wars and Conflicts
(11 December 2000)
In conjunction with the Tokyo Tribunal in December 2000, the Women's Caucus convened the "Public Hearing on Crimes Against Women in Recent Wars and Conflicts," where 16 women gave testimonies about the recent violations they have suffered in different parts of the world which have also gone unpunished. The purpose of the Public Hearing was to show that the impunity enjoyed by the perpetrators of the crimes against the former comfort women fosters impunity for future perpetrators.
About the Public Hearing