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We free people from prison who are being held unjustly because of who they are or what they believe. We change laws to protect millions of people’s human rights. We transform societies to be more fair, free, and just. Here are our victories.

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Chelsea Manning served four years in prison, including in conditions that experts determined were cruel and inhuman, after she exposed the U.S. military for violating international law. When she tried to commit suicide in prison, Manning was put into solitary confinement. Amnesty International campaigned for her freedom for years, with hundreds of thousands of members and activists writing letters to demand her release. President Obama finally commuted her sentence last year, and was finally released from prison in May 2017.

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July 17, 2017 • Victory

Urgent Action Victory! Congress Rejects Regressive Abortion Reform (Dominican Republic: UA 151.16)

On 11 July, the Chamber of Deputies of the Dominican Congress voted to reject proposed reforms to the Criminal Code that failed to decriminalize abortion in limited circumstances and continued to violate the rights of women and girls. As a result, the proposed reforms cannot be made into law during the current legislative period.

July 17, 2017 • Victory

Urgent Action Victory! Defenders End Strike, Release Secured (Cuba: UA 76.17)

Siblings and human rights defenders Anairis Miranda Leyva, Adairis Miranda Leyva and Fidel Manuel Batista Leyva ended the hunger strike they began on 8 June after being harassed and intimidated in Cuba following their conditional release from prison.

July 11, 2017 • Victory

Urgent Action Victory! Three Labour Activists Released On Bail (China: UA 136.17)

Hua Haifeng, Li Zhao, and Su Heng were released on bail on 28 June 2017 after being criminally detained while investigating labour conditions at Huajian shoe factories, which produce shoes for Ivanka Trump’s brand, among others. They will remain under close police surveillance for the next 12 month period.

July 6, 2017 • Victory

Urgent Action Victory! Nader Abdulemam Released After Serving Term (Bahrain: UA 51.17)

Prisoner of conscience, Nader Abdulemam, was released from Jaw prison on 30 June after completing his six-month prison sentence.

July 3, 2017 • Victory

Urgent Action Victory! Kurdish Activist In Critical Health Released (Syria: UA 151.17)

Syrian Kurdish opposition activist Suleiman Abdulmajid Oussou was released on 24 June. He had been detained by the Asayish forces since 23 May. Suleiman Abdulmajid Oussou was held in poor conditions while suffering a critical heart condition.

June 16, 2017 • Victory

Urgent Action Victory! Opposition Politician Released (Maldives: UA 143.17)

Opposition politician Adam Azim has been released after spending nearly a week in detention in Maldives. He was arrested and faced trumped up charges after criticizing the government in a TV interview.

June 12, 2017 • Victory

Urgent Action Victory! Torture Survivor Released In Chechnya (Belarus: UA 132.17)

Murad Amriev was handed over to Russian law enforcement officers at 3am on 9 June after having been returned from Belarus where he unsuccessfully attempted to claim asylum. He has been released on bail on condition that he does not leave Chechnya.

June 2, 2017 • Victory

Urgent Action Victory! Journalists Cleared Of Criminal Defamation (Timor Leste: UA 230.16)

On 1 June, a Dili court cleared Raimundos Oki and Lourenco Vicente Martins of all charges against them. The two Timorese journalists were on trial on criminal “defamatory false information” charges filed by Timor-Leste’s Prime Minister in 2016.

May 31, 2017 • Victory

Urgent Action Victory! Social Media Activist Released From Prison (Maldives: UA 70.17)

Maldivian social media activist Thayyib Shaheem was released on 17 April after spending almost one month on remand in Dhoonidhoo island prison. He was accused of “spreading panic” on social media after he criticised a development project in Maldives.

May 23, 2017 • Victory

Urgent Action Victory! Community Leader Freed After Charges Dropped (Togo: UA 104.17)

Salomée T. Abalodo, farmer and community leader, has been released after the Tribunal of Pagouda (Kara, northern region of Togo) dropped all charges against her.