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AP Exclusive: Researchers push to open UN archiveAP Exclusive: Researchers, museum pushing to open UN archive documenting World War II cases
UNITED NATIONS (AP) ' British and American researchers are campaigning to make public a huge but largely unknown U.N. archive documenting 10,000 cases against accused World War II criminals.
They range from Belgian charges against Adolf Hitler to the trial of a Japanese commander for inciting rape.
The researchers argue that the files are not only historically valuable but also might unearth legal precedents that could help bring some of today's war criminals to justice.
The archive of hundreds of thousands of pages in 400 boxes has been closed to the public for more than 60 years.
Three leading researchers have asked U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a letter to "take the necessary steps to ensure full public access to all the records."
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