The Presidential Commissioner for Human Rights and Victims Assistance, Humberto Prado, demanded the release of journalists Luisa Mimi Arriaga and Marco Antoima.
The 47th Control Court granted alternative (imprisonment) measures including house arrest, prohibition to leave the country, prohibition to testify before the media and the use of social networks.
Prado called on UN High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet to report on the arbitrary arrests of the two journalists and the illegal search of their homes.
The full statement follows:
Dear Jesus Maria, I am respectfully addressing you to make an urgent appeal regarding the arrests of Luisa Mimi Arriaga and Marco Antoima, as well as the illegal searches of their homes. The context in which these deeds took place and the particulars of the concrete situation that is the object of this charge will be analyzed below, so that they can be evaluated by your distinguished Office in order to acknowledge receipt of this urgent appeal.
Issue a public statement addressed to relevant human rights and civil society sectors throughout the region so that they take into account the arbitrary arrests of journalists in the context of the state of alarm.
Assess with special attention the situation of press workers Rita De Martino and Rafael Garrido, who are at the same risk of arbitrary detention since, like journalists Garrido and Antoima, they were mentioned in the tweet that led to the political persecution initiated by regime officials.
Please bring this information to the attention of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression: the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences; the Working Group on Discrimination against Women and Girls; the Human Rights Committee and the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
Officials of the dictatorship arrested the two journalists last week, raiding their homes and holding them for more than 24 hours without the right to a defense after they were accused, without evidence, of handling anonymous accounts on social networks.