Region: Berlin
Culture

The Statue of Peace must stay!

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Berlin Mitte District Office
2.218 Supporters 851 in Berlin
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"The Statue of Peace must stay - against colonial oppression and ongoing attempts to silence us!"

Ongoing efforts by the Japanese Embassy to remove the Statue of Peace in Moabit are putting pressure on the German authorities. Although the BVV (District Council) demanded from the District Office on December 1, 2020 and on March 18, 2021 the permanent preservation of the Statue of Peace, the District Office ignores this and pursues the protection of perpetrators. The Statue of Peace is now threatened with removal. We must not allow this!

The Statue of Peace must stay, so that sexual violence in the context of colonialism is not further swept under the rug in favor of the perpetrators! To achieve this, we want to collect signatures from our community of Berlin with the campaign to preserve the Statue of Peace. Our positioning out of Germany must not reproduce a violent silencing!

Reason

During the Asia-Pacific War from 1931 to 1945, Japan abducts an estimated 200,000 girls and young women from several countries. They are forced into sexual slavery on all fronts of the war. After the war ends, Japanese soldiers murder the so-called "comfort women" or abandon them in war zones. Japan continues to keep silent about these crimes.

In the early 1990s, the silence was broken: Survivors turn to the public. They demand that the Japanese government admits to its crimes, issue a government apology, and pay rightful compensation. Human rights organizations, such as the UN, name Japanese military slavery as a war crime and crime against humanity, and urge Japan to comply and fulfill these demands. Japan has officially acknowledged its guilt since 1993, but refuses to address the crime publicly or even in schools.

On December 28, 2015, the South Korean and Japanese governments agree on the "comfort women" accord. This takes place without the consent or involvement of survivors and does not reflect the demands of the international community. With the agreement, Japan and Korea declare the issue "finally and irrevocably" resolved.

We at the AG “Trostfrauen” (Action Group “Comfort Women”) in the Korea Verband seek affirmation from international human rights organizations and civil society that reaching a just settlement on the "comfort women issue" is a collective task for humanity. Together with the international community, we are working to immediately restore the human rights of victims and banish violence against women, including sexual slavery in armed conflicts and systematic rape worldwide.

The Statue of Peace sets a monument - not only to the history of "comfort women," but to the many anti-colonial and continuing struggles of FLINTA*(women, lesbian, intersex, non-binary, trans and agender persons) against sexualized violence, femicide and the silencing of these issues worldwide. This is proven again and again when the Statue of Peace is chosen as a gathering place for BIPOCS (Black, Indigenous, People of Colors) in Berlin to give voice to anti-racist and post-migrant communities. The statue has long become a decolonial monument to the neighborhood. It is indispensable for a democratic policy of remembrance in public space!

Thank you for your support, Korea Verband e.V. from Berlin
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It is a war crime against women, which is still going on in Ukraine.

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Why people sign

5 days ago

Nach wie vor ist es aktuell, daß Mädchen und Frauen in Kriegen sexuell mißbraucht werden.
Es muss global durch die UNO ein generelles Verbot geben.
Unser Friedensdenkmal in Berlin dient der Erinnerung und Mahnung.

7 days ago

Women have to endure things worse than death during war time (and outside of it). Everything that brings this to light is important to me.

on 20 Jun 2022

今の日本政府は狂ってる。
Japanese government is MAD.

on 18 Jun 2022

Keep the status of Peace to recognose what Japanese did to young girls.

on 18 Jun 2022

I can't understand the behavior of the prime minister Kisida.
It's contradictiory with the Kono Statement.
"We shall face squarely the historical facts as described above instead of evading them, and take them to heart as lessons of history. We hereby reiterate our firm determination never to repeat the same mistake by forever engraving such issues in our memories through the study and teaching of history."

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