Alberto Nallar is a human rights lawyer who took an active role during the protests in Jujuy province that began on June 15. He is being criminalized and was deprived of liberty one month under house arrest until his release on August 18th. On October 24, 2023, Alberto Nallar was sentenced to 42 months of imprisonment for the crime of “incitement to commit crimes, incitement to collective violence and uprising or mutiny ” and condemned with an economic reparation in favor of Jujuy province. Alberto Nallar will appeal this resolution.
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Dear Dr. Sergio Lello Sánchez,
I am writing to express my deep concern about the conviction of the human rights lawyer Alberto Nallar. The criminal charges he faces are an undue reprisal for pacifically participating in a protest and exercising his right to defend human rights.
In Jujuy, between July 11 and 13, many arrests and raids occurred in private homes in Humahuaca and San Salvador, targeting teachers, students and human rights defenders who participated in or supported the social mobilizations around the provincial constitutional reform. Amnesty International travelled to Jujuy and interviewed demonstrators and defenders, finding that many of these detentions were arbitrary and part of a “hostile environment” to exercise the right to peaceful protest.
Alberto Nallar was detained on July 13, 2023, and remained under house arrest for 37 days. He was recently convicted of the crime of sedition, sentenced to 42 months of imprisonment, and condemned with an economic reparation of 7 million Argentinean pesos (equivalent to 53 minimum wages) in favor of Jujuy province. I am deeply alarmed that this conviction is not only a reprisal for Alberto Nallar, but also has a deterrent effect on freedom of expression in the province.
Given the international obligations of the Argentine State to respect, protect and guarantee the freedom of expression, assembly, and demonstration, we call on you to cease criminalization against Alberto Nallar and other human rights defenders.