After Jujuy’s judicial system revoked house arrest for Milagro Sala, CELS, Amnesty International and ANDHES jointly submitted the following document to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to denounce non-compliance of the precautionary measure it ordered in late July. In this scenario, there is a concrete possibility that Milagro Sala’s life and personal integrity could suffer further harm, an eventuality that the precautionary measure sought to prevent and avert.
The federal state, guarantor of Argentina’s international obligations, must take all the necessary measures to fully comply with IACHR Resolution 23/2017 as soon as possible.
Buenos Aires, September 29, 2017
Inter-American Commission of
Mr. Paulo Abrão
REF.-MC 25-16 Milagro Sala, Argentina. Denunciation of non-compliance.
Dear Mr. Abrão,
Gastón Chillier, representing the Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS), Ana Laura Lobo Stegmayer and Gabriel Pereira, representing Abogados y Abogadas del Noroeste Argentino en Derechos Humanos y Estudios Sociales (ANDHES), and Mariela Belski, Executive Director of Amnesty International Argentina, address the illustrious Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (referred to from here forward as the Commission or IACHR) in order to inform you of three judicial resolutions that entail a glaring failure to comply with the precautionary measure ordered in the above-referenced process.
As the annexes attached to this submission indicate, today the Chamber of Appeals and Control of the province of Jujuy revoked the lower court decisions that had ordered Ms. Sala’s transfer to the property located at Villa Parque La Ciénaga subdivision, Picaflor Street Block 13, Lots 11, 12, El Carmen Department, Province of Jujuy. According to the attached decisions, “the re-entry of the accused, Milagro Amelia Sala, to the Alto Comedero Unit Number 3 of the Jujuy Penitentiary Service, where she must continue to comply with pre-trial detention” has been ordered.
Only the resolution-related aspects of these decisions have been informed to Ms. Sala’s defense attorneys. Their grounds are thus unknown. In view of the fact that they entail an absolute failure to comply with the precautionary measure ordered by the illustrious IACHR, we deem it imperative to make it known to the Commission with the utmost urgency. We will expand on this submission as soon as we have more information.
In this scenario, there is a concrete possibility that the serious harm to Milagro Sala’s life and personal integrity that the precautionary measure demanded be prevented and averted could materialize.
In view of the foregoing, we request that the IACHR take, as soon as possible, the necessary measures for the Argentine state to comply with Resolution 23/2017.
Without further ado, we send our sincere regards.