The highest court in Argentina’s Jujuy province says the Indigenous activist Milagro Sala’s release is expected soon after it received a request for her freedom from the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights, or IACHR.
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The IACHR said in a statement that there are many risk factors surrounding her detention, including alleged harassment, aggressions and a death threat.
Its resolution recommends “alternative measures”.
It was handed to the court’s President Clara Aurora De Langhe de Falcone earlier this week by Argentina’s Justice Ministry and the province’s governor.
“Although the detention conditions of Mrs. Milagro Sala are in accordance with the international standards in vigor, the IACHR resolution mentions a serious or urgent situation, involving risks of irreparable damages for her life and integrity,” the court statement said.
The IACHR, affiliated to the Organization of American States, suggested options including “house arrest” or an “electronic bracelet” that “would allow Sala to face the procedures in freedom.”
Last year, the United Nations demanded that the government release Sala, while the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention described her incarceration as "arbitrary.”
Sala is an Indigenous leader of the Tupac Amaru neighborhood association and legislator to the Mercosur Parliament, or Parlasur.
Her work involved administering a public grant to build low-income housing in Argentina’s northern province of Jujuy.
She was arrested in January 2016 on allegations of mishandling those funds and has been in jail ever since.
Sala contests the allegations, maintaining that racism has played a key role in her detention and alleging that she has been subjected to torture and received death threats.
She has received support in her campaign from Pope Francis and Amnesty International.