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UN panel tells Argentina to release activist Milagro Sala

  • FILE- In this Jan. 27, 2016 file photo, a woman holds a banner that reads in Spanish; "Free Milagro Sala," during a demonstration in support of Argentina's Tupac Amaru social movement leader Milagro Sala, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A United Nations panel says Argentina has arbitrarily detained Sala and is asking the government for her immediate release. The resolution was announced Friday, Oct. 28, 2016.  (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)

    FILE- In this Jan. 27, 2016 file photo, a woman holds a banner that reads in Spanish; "Free Milagro Sala," during a demonstration in support of Argentina's Tupac Amaru social movement leader Milagro Sala, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A United Nations panel says Argentina has arbitrarily detained Sala and is asking the government for her immediate release. The resolution was announced Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Oct. 11, 2012 photo, Argentina's Tupac Amaru social movement leader Milagro Sala takes part in a ceremony in honor of Pachamama, or Mother Earth, in Jujuy, Argentina. A United Nations panel says Argentina has arbitrarily detained Sala and is asking the government for her immediate release. She was arrested Jan. 16 and accused of "inciting criminal acts" linked to a protest she led against authorities. The Jujuy provincial government in northern Argentina then broadened the claims, saying her movement "embezzled in public funds." (Paula Ribas/Telam via AP)

    In this Oct. 11, 2012 photo, Argentina's Tupac Amaru social movement leader Milagro Sala takes part in a ceremony in honor of Pachamama, or Mother Earth, in Jujuy, Argentina. A United Nations panel says Argentina has arbitrarily detained Sala and is asking the government for her immediate release. She was arrested Jan. 16 and accused of "inciting criminal acts" linked to a protest she led against authorities. The Jujuy provincial government in northern Argentina then broadened the claims, saying her movement "embezzled in public funds." (Paula Ribas/Telam via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A United Nations panel says Argentina has arbitrarily detained activist Milagro Sala and is asking the government for her immediate release.

Sala heads Argentina's Tupac Amaru social movement. She was arrested Jan. 16 and accused of "inciting criminal acts" linked to a protest she led against authorities. The Jujuy provincial government in northern Argentina then broadened the claims, saying her movement "embezzled in public funds."

The U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention says there were unfounded "consecutive accusations" to keep her jailed indefinitely. It also says that there are no legal elements for her preventive imprisonment and that the state blocked her right to a proper defense.

The resolution was announced Friday by the Argentine human rights group Center for Legal and Social Studies.