Thursday, June 8, 2017

Comfort Women searching for apology

On Tuesday, June 5, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley became the first U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations to address the UN Human Rights Council, Geneva.
Whereas the core of the brief speech was castigating the Council for not doing more and its anti-Israel bias, a surprising focus was on women and violence against women:

Civil society has also helped advance the equal rights of women, an important theme of this session. Based on my own experience, I know that when women can exercise their voices at the highest ranks in business and in government, we all benefit and prosper. There is no room here for cultural relativism. This Human Rights Council must adopt strong resolutions condemning violence and discrimination against women and it must take a decisive action to eliminate trafficking.
To emphasize this, Voice of America featured this story on the same day, Comfort Women Film Offers Painful Testimony to Wartime Atrocities detailing the plight of the Comfort Women, their quest for justice, and highlighting this new documentary by the Canadian filmmaker Tiffany Hsiung.

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival New York City will feature on the weekend of June 9th the film discussed.

The Apology

Distributor: National Film Board of Canada
Grandma Gil in South Korea, Grandma Cao in China, and Grandma Adela in the Philippines are interviewed. The courageous resolve of these women moves them to fight and seize their last chance to share first-hand accounts of the truth with their families and the world, and to ensure that this horrific chapter of history is neither repeated nor forgotten.
June 10, 2017
7:00 PM /IFC Center/ New York
Screening followed by discussion with filmmaker Tiffany Hsiung and Sarah Taylor, Advocate, Women's Rights division, Human Rights Watch

June 11, 2017
8:30 PM /Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater/New York
Screening followed by discussion with filmmaker Tiffany Hsiung and Sarah Taylor, Advocate, Women's Rights division, Human Rights Watch

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