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Following the fall of the brutal dictatorships suffered by MERCOSUR countries, their citizens felt the need to learn about the fate of several hundreds of missing persons. Many governments are now taking different measures in order to find out what happened to these missing persons, in an effort to improve relationships with their citizens. Archives are one of the important sources of information in this matter. National Archivists will talk about the situation in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay.
Iberoamerican and European colleagues. Time will be allowed for discussion with the audience.
Overall purpose and significance of session:
This session illustrates the continuation of work started since CITRA was held in Cape Town in October of 2003. Government actions linked with access to information are the subject of intense debate in MERCOSUR countries that have not yet reconciled the different situations created by the dictatorships. It is of utmost importance that the citizens in these countries learn about the historical truth.
The national archivists of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay will present the results that each of the governments has achieved by the date of the International Congress of Archives.