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Argentina: Center for Legal and Social Studies files lawsuit against Molinos Río de la Plata for complicity in crimes during military dictatorship

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18 September 2014

CELS Joins Court Probe to Uncover Corporate Complicity in Crimes Against Humanity

Author: Centre for Legal and Social Studies (CELS) (Argentina)

Although Argentina´s military dictatorship led the campaign of terror carried out between 1976 and 1983, the security forces were not the only ones to blame for the bloodshed. Civilian collaborators, including prominent business executives, played a key role…On September 15, a federal court accepted the Center for Legal and Social Studies…as a plaintiff in the investigation of the role of Molinos Río de la Plata S.A. in the disappearance of 26 people—the vast majority of them union activists at one of the company´s plants…This latest court probe centers on the forced disappearance of union activists and former workers at Molinos Río de la Plata between July 1976 and October 1978…Molinos workers and ex-employees were kidnapped in their homes and on the streets, taken to clandestine detention centers and presumably killed…These investigations are part of a global movement to hold companies responsible for their participation in human rights violations…[Also refers to Bunge, Ford, Mercedes-Benz (part of Daimler)] 

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9 September 2014

New lawsuit over dictatorship-era crimes

Author: Buenos Aires Herald

The Centre for Legal and Social Studies (CELS) human rights organization has filed a lawsuit against food products company Molinos Río de la Plata SA for its alleged involvement in crimes against humanity in the last military dictatorship. The…suit, which was submitted on Friday to the La Plata Federal Court where the Molinos case will be tried, was publicized yesterday…Molinos Río de la Plata is being investigated for the disappearance of 24 of its workers, in a case investigating crimes committed against labour union representatives…“An internal intelligence group in the company marked and persecuted workers,” leading to threats against the workers, bullets in their lockers, and pressure to accept compensation packages offered by the company, the CELS suit read…This is the first time that CELS has presented itself institutionally on the part of a plaintiff investigating civil complicity in crimes against humanity in the past 13 years. [Also refers to Bunge]

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