The Organization of America States, or OAS, has called on Argentine President Mauricio Macri to release Milagro Sala, a prominent Indigenous activist and lawmaker who has been imprisoned during his term.
Luis Almagro, secretary-general of the OAS, sent a letter Tuesday addressed to Sala demanding her "immediate release." She will have been imprisoned for a year in January.
Almagro said he shared his concern with "the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention of the United Nations, and other known international organizations."
The official said he was confident that the government of Argentina will comply with the request from international organizations and human rights agreements.
"The full adherence to civil and political rights, freedom of expression, as well as the guarantees of due process and non-abuse of the institute of pre-trial detention convince me of the need for her immediate release," said the official.
The U.N. requested in October that the government of Mauricio Macri immediately releases Indigenous activist Milagro Sala. The lawmaker was arrested in Jujuy on Jan. 16 after staging a month-long sit-in against Jujuy governor Gerardo Morales, an ally of President Macri.
The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention of the UN said at that time there were a number of "consecutive accusations" against Sala, which are being used in order to detain her indefinitely.
Sala, leader of the 70,000-strong Tupac Amaru organization, led the protest against the government’s neoliberal policies alongside other activists. Sala is also a representative in Parlasur, the parliament of the South America subcontinental bloc Mercosur.
The Indigenous leader faced charges of inciting crime and turmoil, which were later dropped. Before she could be released, a new warrant was handed down for charges of illicit association, fraud and extortion
Since Macri supports her arrest, Sala is now dubbed the first political prisoner of Macri’s administration. She alleges that justice bends to the “whims” of the president and his governors.