Jan Ruff O'Herne

Jan Ruff O'Herne
1923 - 2019
Jan Ruff O'Herne  Dutch Activist

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First Name Jan
Middle Name Ruff
Last Name O'Herne
Birthday 18th January, 1923
Birthplace Bandungan, Indonesia
Died 19th August, 2019
Place of Death Adelaide, South Australia
Build Average
Eye Color Brown - Dark
Hair Color Brown - Dark
Zodiac Sign Capricorn
Sexuality Straight
Ethnicity White
Nationality Dutch
Occupation Activist

Jeanne Alida "Jan" Ruff O'Herne (18 January 1923 – 19 August 2019) was a Dutch Australian human rights activist known for campaigning internationally against war rape. During World War II, O'Herne was forced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army. After remaining silent for fifty years, from the 1990s until her death, O'Herne spoke out publicly to demand a formal apology from the Japanese government and to highlight the plight of other "comfort women". On her passing, the South Australian Attorney-General noted: "her story of survival is a tribute to her strength and courage, and she will be sorely missed not only here in South Australia, but around the world."

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