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UN requests to know why Argentine social leader Milagro Sala remains in jail

Saturday, March 5th 2016 - 10:24 UTC
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Charges were filed against Sala in January for instigation of ''crimes and sedition'', after staging a sit-in against Jujuy Governor Gerardo Morales, an ally of Macri. Charges were filed against Sala in January for instigation of ''crimes and sedition'', after staging a sit-in against Jujuy Governor Gerardo Morales, an ally of Macri.
Sala who is a Kirchnerite Parlasur lawmaker remains behind bars for allegedly committing fraud in a housing program and with the distribution of federal funds Sala who is a Kirchnerite Parlasur lawmaker remains behind bars for allegedly committing fraud in a housing program and with the distribution of federal funds

United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention wants Argentine President Mauricio Macri to explain why social leader Milagro Sala has been in jail for almost two months. The request comes two weeks after the UN Group accepted a filing submitted by the Centre of Legal and Social Studies (CELS), Amnesty International and Andhes, a group of lawyers from the northern area of the country.

 “Now the government needs to answer to the UN Working Group why the Túpac Amaru leader is in custody,” stated CELS in a press release.

In its brief, the human rights group explained that charges had been filed against Sala in January for the instigation of crimes and sedition, after staging a sit-in against Jujuy Governor Gerardo Morales, an ally of Macri.

Sala was arrested on January 16. Although, on January, Judge Gastón Mercau considered that Sala should be released for staging a protest, the magistrate on the same day said that the Kirchnerite Parlasur lawmaker should remain behind bars after accepting new charges against her for allegedly committing fraud in a housing program and with the distribution of federal funds for the needy.

Human Rights Secretary Claudio Avruj stated yesterday that they had sent representatives to Jujuy province in order to confirm that Sala’s constitutional guarantees are being respected.

Days ago, human rights groups demanded Macri to put an end to the campaign against Sala during a meeting they held at the Olivos presidential residence.

The grass roots leader Sala sent a letter to Pope Francis requesting his intervention in the dispute, but the Vatican never replied the letter and the Argentine pope sent her a rosary, which was interpreted as a (controversial)signal of support.

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  • Briton

    UN requests
    UN requests
    UN requests

    when it suits,

    what abt UN demands Argentina stops abusing and intimidating the Falkland's
    and drops its pathetic claim.

    Mar 05th, 2016 - 11:19 am 0
  • ilsen

    “Kirchnerite Parlasur lawmaker ”

    I am having difficulty with that phrase. To laugh, or to cry?

    Will no-one think of the children? What a god-forsaken land this has become.

    Mar 05th, 2016 - 11:55 am 0
  • ChrisR

    I think Macri has an immense job on his hands, far bigger in reality than just the economy whilst he has the 15M Kircherner and Peronista scum to deal with.

    Executing the 'leaders' would see the rest run away or keep their mouths shut. Cowards don't like the threat of personal injury.

    Mar 05th, 2016 - 12:16 pm 0
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