Changing lives and policies

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.

Featured Victory

We recently helped two young children and their mothers who fled violence in their native countries in Central America get released from over 600 days in immigration detention. Three-year-old Diego and eight-year-old “Antonio” have spent much of their childhood behind the walls of a detention center in Berks County, Pennsylvania despite having proven that they and their mothers posed no safety or flight risk while their asylum petitions are reviewed. Two other children and their mothers who have been at Berks for an extended time remain. AIUSA continues to fight for their freedom, and for an end to family detention.

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October 6, 2017 • Victory

Urgent Action Victory! All LGBTI People Detained In Mass Raids Released (Azerbaijan: UA 223.17)

All LGBTI persons detained during the raids carried out across Baku on 23 September have been released. The authorities must ensure prompt, impartial, thorough and effective investigations are carried out into the mass raids and all allegations of torture and ill-treatment of persons while in custody.

October 4, 2017 • Victory

Urgent Action Victory! Poet Commemorating Liu Xiaobo Released (China: UA 201.17)

Poet Wu Mingliang, better known by his pen name “Langzi”, and Peng Heping were released on 22 September after being criminally detained since August. It is believed Wu Mingliang’s detention was with regard to an anthology of poems commemorating Liu Xiaobo that he had helped produce. Both men have expressed thanks to the international community for its support.

October 3, 2017 • Victory

Urgent Action Victory! Sudanese Activist Released Without Charge (Sudan: UA 157.17)

Elgassim Mohamed Seed Ahmed has been released from the custody of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) without charge. He was arrested in Saudi Arabia in December 2016 together with two other Sudanese activists. The three were deported from Saudi Arabia to Sudan on 11 July and arrested by the NISS upon arrival in Sudan.

September 28, 2017 • Victory

Urgent Action Victory! Court Blocks Execution, Decision Awaited (USA: UA 216.17)

The US Supreme Court prevented the State of Georgia from executing Keith Tharpe on 26 September, to give the Justices more time to consider the claim that juror racism infected his 1991 trial.

September 25, 2017 • Victory

Urgent Action Victory! Dr. Mudawi Unconditionally Released (Sudan: UA 26.17)

Sudanese human rights defender Dr Mudawi Ibrahim Adam was released on 29 August after the Sudan government dropped all charges against him. Dr Mudawi was arrested on 7 December 2016 by the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS). He was charged with six offences, two of which are punishable by life imprisonment, or death

September 20, 2017 • Victory

Urgent Action Victory! Activist Released After Charges Dropped (Myanmar: UA 73.17)

Activist Htin Kyaw was released from prison after the Myanmar Army announced on 1 September 2017 that all charges against him, and other named activists and journalists, were to be dropped. He should never have been detained for the peaceful exercise of his human rights.

September 20, 2017 • Victory

Urgent Action Victory! Charges Against Two Media Workers Dropped (Myanmar: UA 137.17)

The charges against journalists Kyaw Min Swe and Kyaw Zwar Naing were dropped following an announcement by the Myanmar Army on 1 September 2017. The men had been detained solely for their peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression and should never have faced charges in the first place.

September 20, 2017 • Victory

Urgent Action Victory! Three Journalists Released After Charges Dropped (Myanmar: UA 159.17)

Former prisoners of conscience Lawi Weng, Aye Nai and Pyae Phone Aung have had the charge against them dropped following an announcement by the Myanmar Army. The three journalists were released from prison on 1 September 2017.

September 14, 2017 • Victory

Urgent Action Victory! Religious Minority Leader Released But Still At Risk (Algeria: UA 205.17)

On 13 September the Court of First Instance in Ain Tedles, Algeria convicted and sentenced President of the Ahmadiyya religious community, Mohamed Fali to a 6 month suspended prison term and a fine of 20,000 Algerian dinar. He was released from pre-trial detention on 13 September but remains at risk of further prosecution.

September 7, 2017 • Victory

Urgent Action Victory! Palestinian Circus Performer Released (Israel/OPT: UA 12.16)

Palestinian circus performer and teacher Mohamed Faisal Abu Sakha was released on 30 August from Ketziot Prison in Israel. He spent nearly two years in administrative detention without being charged or tried. He has now returned home to his family in Jenin in the occupied West Bank.