Canadian Conference on
Preventing Crimes Against Humanity:
Lessons from the Asia Pacific War (1931-1945)

March 21-22, 2003 University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
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Please consult the following list of resources on the background issues of this conference.


Backgrounder on the Asia Pacific War
(Teacher backgrounder from Human Rights in the Asia Pacific 1931-1945: Social Responsibility and Global Citizenship published by the BC Ministry of Education, 2001)

International Agreements Related to Compensation Claims & Rules of War

Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded in Armies in the Field. Geneva, 22 August 1864

Hague Convention 1899: Laws and Customs of War on Land (Hague II)

Hague Convention IV: Convention Respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land, October 18, 1907

Geneva Convention July 27,1929: Convention Between the United States of America and Other Powers, Relating to Prisoners of War

Charter of the International Military Tribunal, August 8, 1945

Charter of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East

Charter of the United Nations, June 26, 1945

Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, December 9,1948

Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948

Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, August 12, 1949

 Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War, August 12, 1949

Principles of International Law Recognized in the Charter of the Nuremberg Tribunal and in the Judgment of the Tribunal, 1950

Convention on the Non-Applicability of Statutory Limitations to War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity, 26 November,1968

Rome Statue of the International Criminal Court, July 17, 1998

 

Related to San Francisco Peace Treaty 

San Francisco Peace Treaty

San Francisco Peace Treaty: Has Justice Been Served and Peace Secured?

A Just Peace? The 1951 San Francisco Peace Treaty in Historical Perspective by Professor John Price

 

Related to Position of Japanese Government and Yasukuni Shrine

No War Resolution

Statement by Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama on August 15, 1995

Asian Women's Fund

Yasukuni Shrine

 

Related to What Victims and Survivors Want

Demands made by Advocacy Groups of the Redress Movement

Dower, John W. "Japan Addresses its War Responsibility" from The Journal of the International Institute, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Fall, 1995)

"Assembly Joint Resolution 27 - Has Justice Been Served ?" speech of Michael M. Honda at the Whittier College of Law Symposium on Nov. 21, 1999

California State Assembly Joint Resolution No. 27

 

Related to "Comfort Women" 

Report of the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, its Causes and Consequences & the Report on the Mission to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the Republic of Korea and Japan on the Issue of Military Sexual Slavery in Wartime. (E/CN.4/1996/53/Add.1). 1996. Radhika Coomaraswamy. Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women. United Nations Commission on Human Rights

An Analysis Of The Legal Liability Of The Government Of Japan For "Comfort Women Stations" Established During The Second World War. (E/CN.4/Sub.2/1998/13). 1998. McDougall, Gay J. Special Rapporteur on Systematic Rape, Sexual Slavery and Slavery-like Practices During Armed Conflict. United Nations Human Rights Commission

Interview of Kim Young-shil

Letter dated 11 August 1997 from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to the United Nations Office on Crimes Committed by Japan against Humanity

On the Japanese Government's plan to Collect Money. Nelia Sancho, Chairperson, LILA-PILIPINA (Task Force on Filipino Comfort Women)

Submission of the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Sexual Slavery by Japan to the Public Prosecutor of the Tokyo District in Japan on the War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity committed against and the so-called "Military Comfort Women"

The Military Sexual Slavery Issue And Asian Peace. Hee Soon Kwon (The Korean Council for the Women Drafted for the Military Sexual Slavery by Japan)

Why oppose Sympathy Money? Kim Kyung Hee (The Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan)

Women's International War Crimes Tribunal 2000 for the Trial of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery

Court rejects women's appeal

Activities of the Korean Council for Solving the Issue of the Korean Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan. Prepared by The Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan-- August 27, 2002

 

Related to Education in Japan

Collective Amnesia: Japan's Crusade to Forget

Children and Textbook Japan Network 21

The Wages of Guilt,  1994 by Ian Buruma "Memorials, Museums, and Monuments"  pp 221 -224

 

Related to Prosecution of Perpetrators

Women's International War Crimes Tribunal 2000 for the Trial of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery 

 

Related to Compensation & lawsuits

"LEGAL BASIS OF THE CLAIM" by The Association of British Civilian Internees Far East Region

 

Reference List

References for Learning Resource on Human Rights in the Asia-Pacific 1931 - 1945: Social Responsibility and Global Citizenship


Contact Information

Asia Pacific Lessons Conference
c/o International House
1783 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
Tel: 604-822-4904
Fax: 604-822-5099
Email: bcalpha@shaw.ca