IRRC No. 148

An Important Task for the ICRC: Indemnification of Former Allied Prisoners of War in Japanese Hands

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In September 1951, a Peace Treaty between Japan and the Allied Powers that fought against Japan was signed in San Francisco. Article 16 of the Peace Treaty provided for a mandate given to the ICRC to undertake the distribution of funds to those former prisoners of war in Japanese hands who were nationals of the Powers parties to the Treaty, as compensation for the undue hardships those prisoners had suffered during captivity.

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