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  • Indigenous Argentinian social leader Milagro Sala started a dry Hunger Strike

    Indigenous Argentinian social leader Milagro Sala started a dry Hunger Strike | Photo: EFE FILE

Published 9 August 2018

"Milagro Sala started a dry hunger strike after being arbitrarily transferred to the Federal Criminal Court of Salta," according to supporters.

Indigenous Argentine Social Leader Milagro Sala started a dry hunger strike Thursday to protest against her transfer to a federal prison in Salta, which was approved Tuesday. At the same time, her defense filed a habeas corpus demanding that the Supreme Court of Justice comply with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights' ruling which stated she should be given house arrest.

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On social media members of the Committee for the Freedom of Milagro Sala, stated that "Milagro Sala started a dry hunger strike after being arbitrarily transferred to the Federal Criminal Court of Salta." Sala was transferred to the Third Federal Penitentiary Complex in the Guemes community, in Salta.

The Legal and Social Studies Center (CELS), Northeastern Argentinean Human Rights and Social Studies Lawyers (Andhes) and the Argentinean Section of Amnesty International filed a complaint with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights for the "failure to comply with the provisional measures ordered" by that body and ratified by the Supreme Court.

Sala has been detained since January 2016 and was at Alto Juvenile Criminal Court of Jujuy until August of last year, when she was transferred to El Carmen for house arrest - before the revocation of this status. The Argentine social leader, who was recently found unconscious, is charged with allegedly inciting crimes and riots. Multiple protests have been held calling for the release of the social justice figure.

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