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    Argentine activist Milagro Sala | Photo: EFE

Published 29 September 2017

The Tupac Amaru leader will be sent back to the Alto Comedero Women’s Prison on Friday.

Argentine Indigenous leader Milagro Sala will be sent back to prison after her house arrest was revoked by the Chamber of Appeals in Jujuy.

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The Tupac Amaru leader will be sent back to the Alto Comedero Women’s Prison on Friday, according to local media reports.

Sala received house arrest after making a complaint to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

The commission ordered the Argentine government to release Sala from jail, and grant her house arrest or electronic-controlled detention due to the irreparable harm her prison sentence was causing.

Last year, the United Nations demanded that the government release Sala, while the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention described her incarceration as "annihilation by the state.”

As head of Argentina's Tupac Amaru neighborhood association, part of the Association of State Workers of Jujuy, Sala won a seat in 2015 in the regional parliament of the Mercosur trade group of South American nations, Parlasur.

She was arrested on January 16, 2016, after being accused of "inciting criminal acts" linked to a protest she led against authorities.

The Jujuy provincial government in northern Argentina then broadened the charges, alleging her movement had "embezzled public funds" meant for the construction of housing for low-income people.

Sala has denied any wrongdoing.

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