A Rapid Response to Human Rights Threats Worldwide

Amnesty International's Urgent Action Network provides an effective and rapid response to urgent situations involving prisoners of conscience, human rights defenders and other individuals and communities whose human rights are at risk. Members of the Urgent Action Network compose and send appeals to government officials who have the power to stop the human rights violations.
 
Amnesty International USA receives Urgent Action alerts from all over the world. Once the Urgent Action Network responds with letters, emails, calls, faxes and texts, relevant authorities quickly realize that their actions are witnessed by an international audience deeply concerned about the case's outcome.
 
Each Urgent Action has multiple targets including names, email addresses, phone numbers, postal addresses, and other important contact information. Each of the targets is tactically chosen to have to greatest impact on the individual or community at risk.

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A Rapid Response to Human Rights Threats Worldwide

Amnesty International's Urgent Action Network provides an effective and rapid response to urgent situations involving prisoners of conscience, human rights defenders and other individuals and communities whose human rights are at risk. Members of the Urgent Action Network compose and send appeals to government officials who have the power to stop the human rights violations.
 
Amnesty International USA receives Urgent Action alerts from all over the world. Once the Urgent Action Network responds with letters, emails, calls, faxes and texts, relevant authorities quickly realize that their actions are witnessed by an international audience deeply concerned about the case's outcome.
 
Each Urgent Action has multiple targets including names, email addresses, phone numbers, postal addresses, and other important contact information. Each of the targets is tactically chosen to have to greatest impact on the individual or community at risk.

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How the Urgent Action Network started

The first Urgent Action was issued on March 19, 1973 following the arrest of Brazilian professor Luiz Rossi. On the evening of February 15, 1973, police surrounded Professor Rossi's home and arrested him with no explanation.
  
His wife María José Rossi was trapped in their home under heavy surveillance, but she was determined to alert the world about her husband’s arrest. She secretly passed a note to a neighbor without the police seeing. Eventually Maria Rossi's note reached Amnesty International headquarters in London. Sixteen days later Amnesty International issued our first Urgent Action on Professor Rossi's behalf.
 
Less than a month after the Urgent Action was distributed, María José Rossi was summoned to police headquarters to identify her husband's body. Instead, she found her husband alive in police custody and was shown a pile of letters from Amnesty supporters. The Director of the Sao Paulo Police Department told her, "Your husband must be more important than we thought, because we've got all these letters from all over the world."
 
Prof. Rossi was freed on October 24, 1973. He later wrote:
 
"In my own name, in the name of my wife, of our children and of other Brazilians in similar situations we would like to thank all the proofs of humanity and kindness that have comforted and helped us."

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