Naha City Assembly resolves to protest against alleged rape by US sailor
March 17, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
In the regular meeting on March 17, Naha City Assembly unanimously resolved to protest against a recent alleged rape incident, for which a sailor belonging to U.S. Camp Schwab has been arrested. The assembly unanimously passed a written opinion with regard to the incident now under investigation.
The resolution and written opinion condemn the alleged incident for trampling the human rights of the female victim underfoot and jeopardizing peaceful tourism. The resolution seeks complete compensation for the victim if the legal process finds the suspect guilty of rape, effective recurrence prevention measures, fundamental revision of the Japan-U.S. Status-of-Forces Agreement, and a consolidation and scale down of U.S. bases in Okinawa and a reduction of its personnel.
The written opinion will be sent to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and speakers from both houses. The resolution will be sent to the commander of U.S. Forces Japan. A representative of the Naha Assembly plans to directly hand the resolution letter over to the U.S. Consulate General Naha and related organizations.
(English translation by T&CT)
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