Argentina Jails ex-Ford Directors for Human Rights Violations and Torture

In a victory for human rights activists, an Argentine court has found two Ford directors guilty of torture & abuse.

In early December 2018, an Argentine court convicted two former Ford executives of involvement in the torture of workers during the country's 1976-83 military dictatorship.

Former production director, Pedro Muller, 85, and former security manager, Hector Sibila, 90, were found guilty of helping the regime kidnap and torture workers at a factory in Pacheo, north of the capital, Buenos Aires, following a 1976 coup.

While more than 2,700 people have been charged over dictatorship-era crimes, less than half have been convicted so far.

This is the first time former executives of a multinational company have been convicted of crimes committed during military rule, a period known as the Dirty War.

The ruling is a huge victory for international human rights defenders who have consistently fought for courts to hold corporations and their employees responsible for human rights violations and crimes against humanity when they have been found to collaborate with dictatorships, repressive regimes or paramilitary gangs in order to advance their economic interests.

Read more about the case in Argentina here.

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