Activists are raging as the Argentine political prisoner and Tupac Amaru indigenous leader, Mirta Guerrero’s suffers from a life-threatening infection deep within her cell in the heart of Jujuy’s Alto Comedero penitentiary.
After a visit to a public hospital Monday, Guerrero, also known as Shakira, was informed that due to the prison’s inability to perform post-operative care following a recent surgery, the prisoner contracted a serious infection that without proper care, could mean death.
"This afternoon, after several hours of waiting in the public hospital, the relatives managed to refer her to a private center where they performed an ultrasound that determined that she had an internal infection in the surgical wound," the Committee for the Freedom of Miracle Room said Monday.
The human rights organization announced their plans to launch an international movement against the violation of the rights of the leader.
"Mirta Guerrero, one of the 11 political prisoners of Gerardo Morales, was operated on for the first time in August, they performed an abdominal surgery and placed an internal mesh," Guerrero’s attorneys said in a statement.
The prisoner’s lawyer filed two separate habeas corpus last week on Dec. 19, requesting her transfer to house arrest per the advice of her physician. The second statement denounced the violation of justice, citing a recent incident in which Guerrero slipped on a wet floor in the penitentiary, landing hard on her already infected wound.
The request asked for an immediate transfer to an adequate private center with professional attention, adding that any other mode of action means endangering the life of the indigenous leader. Despite the fact that a deadline of 48 hours was presented to the Court of Appeals, after a week the court has yet to announce its decision.