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Argentina Declassification Projects

Argentina Declassification Project – Department of State
In response to nine separate requests for information on human rights abuses in Argentina during the military dictatorship in that country (1976 – 1983), the Department of State reviewed files from the 1975 through 1984 period and identified 4,677 documents for release in full or in part, redaction were made for reasons of personal privacy, national security and foreign relations, including protection of confidential sources.

Argentina Declassification Project – August 2016
During his landmark visit to Argentina in March, President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. government would declassify records relating to human rights abuses under Argentina’s 1976-1983 dictatorship. At a ceremony commemorating the victims of these human rights abuses, held on the 40th anniversary of the 1976 coup d’état, the President committed to releasing relevant records from across the executive branch, including for the first time records from U.S. intelligence, law enforcement and defense agencies.

Argentina Declassification Project – December 2016
President Obama announced during his March 2016 visit to Argentina that the United States would embark on a comprehensive effort to identify additional records related to human rights abuses committed under Argentina’s dictatorship.  In a ceremony to commemorate the victims of the dictatorship at the Parque de la Memoria in Buenos Aires, President Obama said, “to continue helping the families of the victims find some of the truth and justice they deserve, I can announce that the U.S. Government will declassify even more documents from that period including, for the first time, military and intelligence records, because I believe we have a responsibility to confront the past with honesty and transparency.”

Argentina Declassification Project – Final release, April 2019
The U.S. government has released the fourth collection of declassified documents pertaining to human rights abuses in Argentina between 1975 and 1983, culminating a historic effort by U.S. government agencies to release all such records from this period. The Argentina Declassification Project, the largest government-to-government declassification release in U.S. history, reflects the U.S. government’s long-standing commitment to transparency, accountability, and human rights. This final release adds more than 5,600 new documents, including 2,100 documents from the Department of State, to the now total collection of over 11,600 documents and marks the conclusion of the project.  Records released by the Department of State are available to the public here. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has posted the collection as a whole, which can be found here.