Office of the Spokesman
August 20, 2002
of Documents Related to Human Rights Abuses Occurring Between
Today the Department of State is releasing newly declassified
documents related to human rights abuses and political violence
in Argentina from 1975 to 1984. These documents include the
period of the military dictatorship from 1976 to 1983, preceding
events and the return to democracy.
We are releasing these documents to assist Argentina in investigating
acts of violence during the time period covered. This release
responds to a variety of requests, including from the Government
of Argentina; the Government of Uruguay; the Grandmothers of
the Plaza de Mayo; and the United States Congress. These documents
are also responsive to mutual legal assistance treaty (MLAT)
requests to the Department of Justice from Argentina, Italy
and Spain in connection with criminal investigations of human
Today’s release will take place
simultaneously here and in Buenos Aires. Hard copies of the
documents will shortly
be presented to the other governments that have requested them.
This release consists of approximately 4,700 documents. A
complete set of the released documents is available for public
review at the Department of State FOIA Reading Room. Copies
of the documents will be available on the Internet at http://foia.state.gov.