The Inter-American Court of Human Rights requested that the Argentine government of Mauricio Macri return Indigenous leader Milagro Sala to house arrest, a statement from the organization said Monday.
Activists have called attention to the lawmaker's rights after she was arrested and sent to jail in a seemingly unending pretrial detention for alleged crimes against the state.
In their declaration, IACHR demanded officials guarantee the safety, “life, personal integrity and health” of the political prisoner with sufficient medical attention for her psychological and health concerns.
IACHR denounced the government’s failure to honor its responsibility to the prisoner and provide satisfactory precautionary measures.
Sala, who has suffered under terrible conditions at the state penitentiary in Jujuy since January 2016 on alleged embezzlement charges, has reported harassment and inhuman living conditions both in the prison and during her brief house arrest in August.
“The State must substitute Sala's preventive detention for the alternative measure of house arrest that must be carried out in her residence or place where she usually lives, or by any other alternative measure to the preventive detention that is less restrictive of their rights than house arrest,” the statement continued.
The statement, dated Thursday, requires the state to issue its decision on the transfer no later than Dec. 15, 2017 and continue to give tri-monthly reports to ensure the human rights concerns of the Indigenous and former parliamentarian are being addressed.
The case has been advocated at meetings by not only the IACHR, but also Amnesty International, the United Nations as well as scores of social rights groups. The international leaders have called for Sala’s release, saying the arrest is arbitrary and the Argentine state is violating standards held by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.