Americas' top rights commission urges Argentina to free activist

December 3, 2016 02:10

BUENOS AIRES - The Inter-American Commision on Human Rights on Friday called on Argentina to release social activist Milagro Sala, who has been jailed since the beginning of the year in the northwestern province of Jujuy.

The commission, part of the Organization of American States (OAS), said Argentina should "give prompt attention" to recommendations from a UN body in October that called Sala's pre-trial detention "unwarranted and arbitrary."Sala, the leader of the Tupac Amaru social movement, was detained in January and accused of instigating criminal acts after leading a protest in front of provincial government buildings. She is also being investigated for alleged fraud related to a low-income housing program led by Tupac Amaru.

OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro said on Tuesday that Sala's detention was not justified because there was no risk of flight or interfere with investigative processes.

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