The First Statue of Peace Has Been Installed in Italy

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A ”Statue of Peace“ has been installed on the beach in Sardinia, Italy. This is the first such statue in Italy and the 14th of its kind worldwide. Stintino’s mayor, Rita Limbania Vallebella, said, ”We wanted to honor the victims of brutal war crimes and raise awareness about women‘s rights.“

The plaque next to the statue contains information about how numerous women were forcibly mobilized as sex slaves by the Japanese military and how the Japanese government continues to deny this. The Japanese government, claiming that it has apologized for past crimes, protests that the contents of the plaque are inaccurate.

On this day, at the Supreme Council meeting held at the National Assembly in South Korea, Lee Jae-myung, a leader of the Democratic Party of Korea, spoke about the Statue of Peace installed on the island of Sardinia, expressing his hope that ”many people, regardless of nationality, will visit and that it will become a sacred place for peace and a renewed memory of the meaning of peace and human rights.“

What is the ”Statue of Peace“?

The Statue of Peace is an artistic sculpture (statue) that commemorates the victims of Japanese military sexual slavery. The statue is typically depicted in two forms: sitting on a chair and standing. The first statue was erected in front of the Japanese Embassy in Jongno-gu, Seoul, on December 14, 2011, marking the 1,000th Wednesday demonstration for the resolution of the Japanese military sexual slavery issue.

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