Corporate responsibility in crimes against humanity: Personal reflections

Victorio Paulón, a metalworker and union leader who was detained during Argentina’s 1976-1983 dictatorship, discusses judicial reluctance to prosecute corporate responsibility for the crimes against humanity committed under state terrorism.

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Since the 1990s, and with greater impetus since the early 2000s, there has been a public push to hold sectors of society such as the press, the Catholic Church, political officials and business executives responsible for their role in dictatorship-era crimes.

Judicial investigations into powerful economic interests – such as steelmaker Acindar, Mercedes Benz, food company Molinos Río de la Plata and sugar mill Ledesma – have made slow progress. Victorio Paulón, one of CELS’ board members, explains why in this excerpted interview conducted by Memoria Abierta.