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29 Dez 2014

Clarissa Neher & Jan D. Walter, Deutsche Welle (Germany)

Brazil: Natl. truth commission alleges complicity of Volkswagen in human rights abuses during dictatorship; includes company comments

"Brazil's National Truth Commission alleges torture at Volkswagen do Brasil", 13 Dec 2014

The National Truth Commission probing human rights abuses committed by Brazil's former military dictatorship has reported that German companies collaborated with the regime. Among them was VW's Brazilian subsidiary...The torture is said to have taken place in 1972, when, according to the commission, more than 20 metal workers were arrested...Various national and international companies were said to have monitored their employees...and even handed over certain individuals to...a police intelligence agency that monitored and repressed leftists..."Volkswagen is pursuing any indication of possible involvement of the employees at Volkswagen do Brasil in human rights violations during the period of military dictatorship," a spokesperson told DW...For historian Schneider, that's not good enough. She thinks Volkswagen must compensate the victims or their relatives, an idea also supported by the regional commissions in Brazil...[Also refers to Daimler, Siemens]