German carmaker Volkswagen (VW) says it is going to pay $6.4m (£5m) in reimbursement to former staff at a Brazilian manufacturing facility who sued the corporate for taking part with the rustic’s army right through the 1964-1985 dictatorship.
A 2016 overview discovered that VW brokers gave staff’ names to police looking for other people described as “subversives”.
They have been then detained and tortured.
“We feel sorry about the violations that passed off up to now. For Volkswagen, it is very important deal responsibly with this unfavorable bankruptcy in Brazil’s historical past and advertise transparency,” VW govt Hiltrud Werner stated in a observation.
VW’s care for Brazilian prosecutors, which was once signed on Wednesday, may even see donations to initiatives together with a memorial for sufferers of the dictatorship, the corporate stated.
Twelve former staff stated in 2016 they have been arrested and tortured at Volkswagen’s large manufacturing facility in São Bernardo do Campo, close to São Paulo, whilst others have been sacked and put on blacklists.
“The control of VW do Brasil exhibited unreserved loyalty in opposition to the army executive,” the overview, which was once written by means of Christopher Kopper, a historical past professor at Germany’s Bielefeld College, discovered.
He informed Reuters that there was once “no transparent proof discovered that the cooperation was once institutionalized by means of the corporate” however that human sources knew what was once taking place.
‘Torture at paintings’
Brazil’s nationwide fact fee ultimate record in 2014 described the case of VW worker Lucio Bellentani.
“I used to be at paintings when two other people with device weapons got here as much as me,” Mr Bellentani, a communist activist, stated.
“They held my hands at the back of my again and in an instant put me in handcuffs. Once we arrived in Volkswagen’s safety centre, the torture started. I used to be overwhelmed, punched and slapped.”
The fee discovered that greater than 400 other people have been killed and round 40,000 other people have been tortured right through Brazil’s dictatorship.