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  • Sala was arrested on Jan. 16, 2016 after a month-long sit-in to protest against the local government’s neoliberal policies.

    Sala was arrested on Jan. 16, 2016 after a month-long sit-in to protest against the local government’s neoliberal policies. | Photo: EFE

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights head said house arrest is just a "change from one prison to another prison." 

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, IAHCR, has condemned the conditions of Milagro Sala's house arrest, arguing she is being subjected to "annihilation by the State."

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Francisco Eguiguren, IAHCR's head warned the decision to detain the Indigenous leader in a vandalized house that lacks basic amenities is nothing more than a "change from one prison to another prison."

In an interview with Radio Rebelde, Eguiguren said "house arrest must be carried out in the home where she lives, surrounded by her people."

Eguiguren said that the commission ordered that Sala be sent home because "we saw a person who was being subjected to annihilation."

"We saw a person cornered," he added.

Ove two months ago, Sala — who is also a representative in Parlasur, the Parliament of the South America sub continental bloc Mercosur — had a nervous breakdown in jail and stabbed herself after receiving a set of three new accusations. The IACHR ordered that Sala be given house arrest due to her self-harm and deteriorating health conditions.

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The IACHR representative said that the decision made by the Justice Department of the north Argentine province of Jujuy did not comply with the international body's resolution. He added the government's move was another way to harass the Indigenous leader.

In granting Sala house arrest, Gaston Mercau, and Pablo Pullen, the Jujuy judges in charge of Sala's illegal detention cases have only partially fulfilled IAHCR's order.

"We are waiting to receive official information on compliance with the recommendations," the IAHCR representative said in a statement.

Sala was arrested on Jan. 16, 2016 after a month-long sit-in to protest against the local government’s neoliberal policies under Jujuy Governor Gerardo Morales, an ally of President Mauricio Macri.

Political authorities of the province of Jujuy accused Sala of embezzlement and alleged that she used "authoritarian and violent methods" to run community initiatives and protests.

Last year, the United Nations demanded that the government release Sala, describing her incarceration "arbitrary."

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