In an opinion submitted to the court on Tuesday, Amnesty International said a statute of limitations and Japan's sovereign immunity should not be applicable to serious human rights violations and war crimes like military sexual slavery. Former sex slaves and relatives filed suit in seeking monetary compensation. The deal was hugely unpopular in South Korea, where many people criticised their government for settling for far too less and accused Tokyo of attempting to silence the victims with money. The group also cited the South Korean Supreme Court ruling on forced labourers that said the treaty does not block individual claims for reparations. It is not immediately clear how long the case will take. The case comes amid a deep dispute between Seoul and Tokyo over wartime history, triggered by a ruling by South Korea's Supreme Court last year that called for Japanese companies to offer reparations to ageing South Korean plaintiffs for their World War II forced labour. Japan insists that all compensation matters were settled by a treaty that normalised relations between the countries and has accused South Korea of repeatedly opening the book on issues that were supposed to be settled. The dispute escalated into a trade war that saw both countries downgrade the other's trade status, and then spilled over to military matters when Seoul threatened to end a military intelligence-sharing agreement with Tokyo. They must sincerely apologise.
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