More Action Needed! - Social Leader Remains In Arbitrary Detention (Argentina: UA 13/16)

Urgent Action
November 17, 2016
The social leader Milagro Sala has been arbitrarily detained since 16 January. The Argentine government has not complied with the UN decision of 27 October ordering her immediate release.
On 14 December 2015 the governor of Jujuy Province, Gerardo Morales, filed a complaint against the social leader Milagro Sala and the Network of Social Organizations for protesting in front of the offices of Jujuy province’s Executive Power. Milagro Sala was then detained on 16 January 2016. Despite her release being ordered in this case, further criminal proceedings were then initiated against her in order to keep her in detention.
In February, Amnesty International, together with other organizations, submitted a complaint to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and an application for precautionary measures to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) in favour of Milagro Sala.
On 27 October, the Working Group determined that “the detention of Milagro Sala is arbitrary” and requested that “the government of the Argentine Republic release her immediately”. The Working Group maintained that there were various interlinked “consecutive allegations” at the time to ensure that that she would remain indefinitely detained, and concluded that the government prevented Milagro Sala from exercising the right to defence in a situation where the independence of the judiciary was violated. Having analysed the legal grounds on which Milagro Salas is detained, the Group concluded that there were no legal elements which justified her detention.
On 3 November, the IACHR issued a request for information to the government to establish what action is being taken to comply with the Working Group’s decision. However, the Argentine Secretary of Human Rights declared publicly that “the report issued by this working group is an opinion, with absolutely no binding force” and the governor of Jujuy Province has stated “I will not release this woman”. Milagro Sala remains in arbitrary detention.
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:
  • Calling on the authorities to comply with the decision of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, and to order the immediate release of Milagro Sala, guaranteeing her physical integrity;
  • Calling on them to provide the information requested by the IACHR in order to comply with the Working Group’s decision to release Milagro Sala;
  • Urging them to end the persecution of Milagro Sala and other social organizations.
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