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Brazil: Volkswagen Acknowledges Persecution and Torture of Workers

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Image of a Volkswagen company factory in Brazil in the early 1970s.

Image of a Volkswagen company factory in Brazil in the early 1970s. | Photo: Twitter/ @revistaforum

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The company collaborated with the military dictatorship in actions that affected its workers.

Volkswagen announced that it agreed with the State of São Paulo to compensate its former workers for the damages it caused them during the military dictatorship that ruled Brazil between 1964 and 1985.

to grant US$6.5 million to promote initiatives related to the defense of human rights and the investigation of crimes committed during the dictatorship. Just over US$3 million of that amount will go to former workers who reported violations of their human rights.

“With this agreement, Volkswagen wants to promote the clarification of the human rights violations of that time,” the German company stated and stressed that it is “the first foreign company to face its past in a transparent way.”

The work of the Truth Commission, which was…

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