Milagro Sala, considered by many a political prisoner, is back in headlines. Yesterday, the detainee was paid a visit by the Interamerican Comision on Human RightsComisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH), who have released their observations to the local press.
The CIDH met up with the head of the community activist group, Tupac Amaru, in the Alto Comedero prison. The commission is meant to evaluate whether the circumstances for her detention are humane as petitioned by several Human Rights organizations.
Prior to Milagro Sala’s visit, the CIDH also met up with Jujuy’s governor, Gerardo Morales and the State’s district attorney, Mariano Miranda. The purpose of the meeting was to go over the detainee’s charges in rigorous detail.
The intentions behind the CIDH’s visit is to draft up a resolution which will objectively respond to the petitions asking for the leader’s liberation. A handful of Civil Rights organizations has complained about Sala’s detention, giving no easy task to the CIDH.
Official declarations are yet to be made by the CIDH but they have expressed their agreement on “the confinement’s conditions (being) humanely reasonable”. A statement which inevitably sparks some curiosity when referring to a Jujuy prison.
The president of the commission, Francisco José Eguiguren, also commented on Milagro Sala’s emotional state, describing her as seemingly “overwhelmed and tired…and she is affected by the stripping of her liberty.”
Another member of the commission, Esmeralda Troitiño, stated: “we have the responsibility to use the information gathered during this visit to make a decision”. Eguiguren, however, clarified that the CIDH has no responsibility whatsoever in judging Sala’s innocence.
Sala has been in preventive prison since January 2016. She was originally detained after organizing a protest without a legal permit. Accusations of fraud, extortion, and unlawful association soon followed, and she is now being investigated for a total of eight charges. Nine, if we were to count the AFIP’s private investigation for tax evasion.
This is precisely why Human Rights organizations, such as the UN’s group on arbitrary detention, are taking issue with her arrest and suggest she be freed until proven guilty or otherwise.