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After the end of the Second World War, only one military tribunal tried and convicted Japanese forces for coercing women into prostitution and sexual slavery as a crime of war during their occupation – the Dutch’s tribunal in Batavia (now Jakarta, Indonesia). The Batavia War Crimes Tribunal Project is a one-year project researching enforced prostitution in international criminal law through the prism of the Batavia War
The project has collected and translated the original tribunal documents, annotated them, and made them available on a public website along with related documents, legislation, and research. The next phase of the project is to organise an academic event on “Sex Crimes during Armed Conflicts, from the Batavia Tribunal to the Present”.
- Judgment No. 40/1946 against Washio AWOCHI for 10 years’ imprisonment (rendered 25 October 1946) (PDF) | Original Dutch judgment (PDF)
- Judgment No. 72/1947 against 12 Japanese officers and civilians (rendered 14 February 1948) (PDF) | Original Dutch judgment (PDF)
- Judgment No. 72A/1947 against Colonel Shoichi IKEDA for 15 years’ imprisonment (rendered 30 March 1948) (PDF) | Original Dutch judgment (PDF)
Supreme People’s Procuratorate Guiding Cases Translation Project
with China Law Translate
A group of eight LL.B. students organised by Centre for Rights and Justice Associate Director Mimi Zou joined law students from universities in China and North America in the Supreme People’s Procuratorate Guiding Cases Translation Project organised by China Law Translate in winter 2014-2015.
China Law Translate is a free, volunteer-run, open-access online community translation project resource where anyone can read, translate and annotate the laws of the People’s Republic of China. The Project provided an opportunity for groups from different schools, organisations, and nations to collaborate in providing valuable translations of these important documents.
The Centre for Rights and Justice group translated the five cases in the Guiding Cases Set 4 issued by the Supreme People’s Procuratorate in 2014. The cases all concern food and product safety crimes, as well as crimes relating to lax food safety supervision.