Pierina Nochetti, a champion for LGBTI+ rights in Argentina, faces a challenging situation. Charged with “aggravated damage” for her graffiti calling attention to the disappearance of a young trans man in Necochea, Argentina, Pierina’s activism has put her at risk. With a trial set for March 6, she could face up to four years in prison. It’s crucial to advocate for dropping these charges against Pierina Nochetti, as they unjustly restrict her freedom of expression and her fight for LGBTI+ rights in Argentina.
Here’s how you can help:
Write to the Head Prosecutor urging him to:
To drop the charges of “aggravated damage” against Pierina Nochetti. These charges seem to excessively limit her freedom of speech and could intimidate others from peacefully expressing their views. By penalizing human rights advocates like Pierina for their expression, there is the risk of suppressing peaceful protest and dialogue.
José Luis Cipolletti,
Head prosecutor, UFI n°1, Departamental Necochea
Public Prosecutor’s Office of the
Province of Buenos Aires
Adress: Avenida 75, 371, Necochea, PBA, CP: 7630
Salutation: Dear Head Prosecutor Jose Luis Cipolletti,
Her Excellency Maria Josefina MARTINEZ GRAMUGLIA
Embassy of the Argentine Republic
81 Metcalfe Street, 7th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1P 6K7
Tel: (613) 236-2351 Fax: (613) 235-2659
Pierina Nochetti’s Stand for LGBTI+ Rights & Freedom of Expression
Pierina is not only a vocal LGBTI+ activist but also a caring mother to three children, providing for her family. Her activism isn’t new. Pierina has been a key figure in organizing Necochea’s Pride Parade and has always fought for equal human rights. Her current battle focuses on seeking justice for Tehuel de la Torre, a young trans man missing since March 2021. Tehuel’s disappearance has united his family, LGBTI+ groups, and human rights organizations in a search for answers.
Pierina’s commitment has come at a personal cost. After raising concerns about unfair treatment at work, possibly due to her identity, she faced a salary cut. This was followed by legal action for her public call to action, “Where is Tehuel?” painted on a wall. This move by the authorities goes against international human rights laws, including the right to free speech, which Argentina has agreed to uphold.
The Ongoing Struggle for LGBTI+ Rights in Argentina
Argentina has come a long way in supporting LGBTI+ rights, including equal marriage and gender identity recognition. However, discrimination still affects many in the LGBTI+ community, particularly trans and non-binary individuals. Hate crimes, especially against trans women, are a major concern.
Despite these advances, the journey towards full equality and justice isn’t over. Pierina’s situation shines a light on the challenges that remain. It underscores the importance of continuing to advocate for a society that embraces everyone and values open expression.
Please send your appeals until March 5, 2024 (ahead of the commencement of the trial on March 6). If there’s the need for further action after that date, the UA will be duly updated.