Demand the Center for Civil & Human Rights Reinstate Comfort Women Memorial
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On March 3, the Atlanta Comfort Women Memorial Task Force was informed by Derreck Kayongo, the CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights, that the Center was backing out of a written agreement entered into last month to establish a Comfort Women Memorial in Atlanta. Following an anti-Memorial campaign effort spearheaded by the local Japanese Consul General and some business groups, the Center for Human and Civil Rights has sided with business interests over human rights concerns.
The Atlanta Comfort Women Memorial Task Force is a group of leaders in metro-Atlanta working together towards a Comfort Women Memorial in Atlanta, Georgia. The memorial will honor the 200,000 girls and women who were trafficked and sexually enslaved during World War II -- euphemistically known as the ‘comfort women’ -- acknowledge their stories, and raise awareness about ongoing issues of sexual and human trafficking in our city and across the globe.
Along with 52 municipalities around the world, the goal is to honor these brave girls and women through the installation of a permanent Memorial. The Center for Human and Civil Rights should immediately reverse course and work with the Atlanta Comfort Women Memorial Task Force to erect a memorial, acknowledging these human rights violations and honoring the brave lives of girls and women who were forced into one of the largest known sexual and human trafficking rings in the 20th century.
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