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New research: "Business responsibility in crimes against humanity in Argentina”

“New research: Business responsibility in crimes against humanity in Argentina”

Owners, executives and managers of some prominent companies actively participated in the human rights violations committed against workers during Argentina’s 1976-1983 dictatorship, according to evidence set forth in the newly published study “Business responsibility in crimes against humanity: The repression of workers during state terrorism.” This two-volume report (available in Spanish) is part of the memory, truth and justice process in Argentina…Nearly 900 victims of state terrorism were identified in the 25 companies researched in the report, 354 of whom were forcibly disappeared and 65 of whom were murdered. The majority of victims were workers and ex-workers of these same companies who participated in processes of conflict and labor organization. The companies under study cut across sectors and regions of the country and include units of international corporations such as FIAT, Ford Motor Company and Mercedes-Benz [part of Daimler] and Argentine companies such as Acindar, Dálmine-Siderca, Ingenio Ledesma, Molinos Río de la Plata and La Veloz del Norte. Today almost all of these firms face judicial investigation or proceedings, at varying stages of progress…