Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Argentina: Opening Military Archives

In decree 4/2010, President Kirchner has ordered the declassification of "all information and documentation connected to the actions of the armed forces" between 1976 and 1983, with the exception of those linked to the Falklands/Malvinas conflict.

According to Kirchner,
"The classified information and/or documentation which was not made public was not designed to protect the legitimate interests of a democratic State, but, on the contrary, served as a means of hiding the illegal actions of a de facto government".
She stated that maintaining the secrecy of such documents was contrary to the state's policy towards memory and human rights which has been in place since 2003. She's not wrong there, and I guess this statement must be regarded as good news; let's see if anything interesting comes of it.

Se abren los archivos de los represores (Pagina/12)
Ordenan abrir los archivos secretos de la dictadura (Critica Digital)

The full decree may be read here (pdf).

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