Petition to the Government of Canada to Establish Nanjing Massacre Commemorative Day

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December 13th marks the anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre. In 1937 the Imperial Japanese Army raped an estimated 20,000 to 80,000 Chinese women and girls, and killed an estimated 300,000 people;
Documents of the Nanjing Massacre were included in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register;
Western eyewitnesses in Nanjing described the atrocities as “Hell on Earth”;
After the Nanjing Massacre, the military sexual slavery system for the Japanese military expanded rapidly and approximately 200,000 women from Korea, Philippines, China, Burma, Indonesia and other Japanese occupied territories were tricked, kidnapped or coerced into working in "comfort stations" to serve as “comfort women” to the Imperial Japanese Army;
The crimes against humanity perpetrated during the Nanjing Massacre are not merely a regional issue, but an issue of international justice that is acknowledged by individual provinces across Canada through different commemorative events; and
Canada has a rich humanitarian tradition of advocating for peace and of recognizing global atrocities where women and children are often casualties of brutal wars and armed conflicts.
We, the following named persons, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to declare December 13th of every year as Nanjing Massacre Commemorative Day.