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After consultation with a group of Korean activists, the Rev Bill Crews of the Uniting Church is seeking to erect a Korean Comfort Woman Statue on the grounds of his Ashfield Parish church in Sydney.

The Japanese government, working with the South Korean Government, has made another apology and promised to give 1 billion yen to South Korea to "finally and irreversibly” resolve the controversial "Comfort Women" issue at the end of last year. Unfortunately, however, a group of people with Korean background is still trying to erect the Comfort Women statue in Sydney. 

This group of people have strong connections with Chon Dae Hyup, a prominent organisation that declared to erect more "Comfort Women" statues around the world and jeopardise the governmental agreement. Chon Dae Hyup is believed to have ties with North Korea and it has been on the watch list of the South Korean government.

 Rev Bill Crews of Ashfield Uniting Church is supporting the erection of the statue on his church land. He has appeared on a YouTube video directed by these Korean activists and referred to the Japanese people as “perpetrators.” How sad would Christian Japanese and local Australians feel by watching this video?

 The actions of this Korean group are nothing more than a political stunt to hurt Japan and is done only out of hate. Why does this statue only accuse Japan? If it truly was a statue to honour and support these women, then it should also include the Comfort Women supplied to U.N. troops during the Korean War by the South Korean Government. These women are still fighting against the current South Korean Government for compensation. If it is to honour all women suffering during war then it should include Vietnamese women who were brutally raped and mutilated by Korean troops during the Vietnam War and are currently seeking an apology from the South Korean Government.

The link below is the image of Vietnamese women seeking an apology from the Korean Government.

 We urge the Uniting Church of Australia to refrain from involving themselves in political activities irrelevant to Australia.

Church is meant to unite people by promoting peace, not divide communities by involving themselves in political disputes. Australians understand the significance of sharing, harmony, cooperation, and respect towards each other. We wish to keep life and the future of this multi-cultural country in peace, with all members of the community.

The link above is the image of a monument in Vietnam to victims of Korean violence.

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