• Urgent Action


February 5, 2024

Pierina Nochetti, a lesbian human rights activist, is facing criminal charges of “aggravated damage” for allegedly painting graffiti in protest questioning the disappearance of a young trans man in the city of Necochea, Argentina. Her trial is scheduled for 6 March. The charges appear to be an unnecessary and disproportionate restriction on the right to freedom of expression.

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Contact information:

José Luis Cipolletti,

Head prosecutor, UFI n°1, Departamental Necochea

Public Prosecutor’s Office of the

Province of Buenos Aires

Adress: Avenida 75, 371, Necochea, PBA, CP: 7630

Email: [email protected]; [email protected]

Embassy of Argentina in the United States

Ambassador Jorge Argüellos

1600 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

Email:  [email protected]

sample letter:

Dear Head Prosecutor Jose Luis Cipolletti,

I am concerned over the prosecution of Pierina Nochetti on charges of “aggravated damage” for allegedly painting graffiti on a public wall with the question “Where is Tehuel?”. This question has been a wide call of a collective claim for justice in the disappearance of a 21-year-old trans man who disappeared in 2021 when he was on his way to a job interview.

Pierina is an artist, educator, mother of three kids and the main provider for her family. She is also an employee of the local government, where she has already faced administrative reprisals for her activism during the 2022 Pride Parade, including salary reduction. Since there seems to be no record of accusations for other paintings on the same wall, which include hateful messages, I am concerned that she is being targeted for her activism in support of LGBTI+ rights, as well as for her gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation.

I call on you to drop the charge of “aggravated damage” against Pierina Nochetti as it appears to be an unnecessary and disproportionate restriction on the right to freedom of expression. Imposing such charges on human rights defenders for freely expressing themselves sends a chilling message that could further curtail the right to protest peacefully.

Yours sincerely,