Argentina: Guarantee Physical Integrity of 61 Detainees (UA 5/16)

January 12, 2016




Sixty-one prisoners have been threatened and punished for exposing human rights violations in No 1 Wing of Prison Unit 37 in Barker, Province of Buenos Aires. Karina Valenti, the human rights defender who reported these grave abuses, has been banned from entering all penal institutions in the province. 
1) Please write immediately in Spanish or your own language, urging the authorities to:
  • Guarantee the physical integrity of the detainees listed in the complaint and to stop all compulsory transfers without prior consultation;
  • Grant Karina Valenti access to this facility and to any other prison in order to guarantee the right of access to justice for people deprived of their liberty;
  • Carry out an investigation and ensure that the necessary measures are taken and resources allocated to end the inhuman conditions of overcrowding and the torture and ill-treatment reported in Unit 37 in Barker;
  • Send a clear message to Province of Buenos Aires Prison Service authorities and officials that human rights defenders are essential for the protection of human rights. 
2) For the full Urgent Action, including appeal addresses and further information, please click on the Word or PDF version below.

3) Please let us know if you took action so that we can track our impact!
  • EITHER send a short email to [email protected] with “UA 5/16” in the subject line, and include in the body of the email the number of letters and/or emails you sent,
  • OR fill out this short online form to let us know how you took action.