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Chechnya: Stop Abducting and Killing Gay Men

We urgently need your help to call out the Chechen government on the persecution of people who are, as they put it, of ‘non-traditional orientation’ – and urge immediate action to ensure their safety.

Protect press freedom in the US: Drop charges against Jenni Monet

She was strip-searched, held for five hours in a chain-link holding cage, detained for 30 hours total and then charged with rioting and trespassing.

Demand that charges against Jenni be dropped!

Tell Congress: Trump Must Abandon the Muslim Ban

For the most vulnerable, the ban is a death sentence.

Tell Congress and demand that Trump abandon this bigoted ban.

Urgent Actions

May 23, 2017 • Urgent Action

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.

May 22, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Family to Pay Last Visit After Told Execution Is ‘Soon’ (Malaysia: UA 113.17)

Yong Kar Mun was convicted and sentenced to death in 2009 for discharging a firearm in the commission of an armed robbery. On 22 May, his family was informed that he will be executed “soon” and they are to pay their last visit on 23 May 2017.

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Urgent Action: 28 Men Arrested, Suspected of Being Gay (Bangladesh: UA 112.17)

Bangladesh’s elite security forces arrested 28 young men on 19 May 2017 at a social event where more than 150 people were gathered and which is known to be frequented by members of the LGBTI community. They have been charged with drug possession and are all currently in detention where they remain at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

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Urgent Action Update: Reprisal For Speaking Out Against 1988 Massacre (Iran: UA 248.16)

Prisoner of conscience Maryam Akbari Monfared has been threatened with an additional three-year prison term and exile to a remote prison. This was in reprisal for her open letters seeking truth and justice for her siblings who were extrajudicially executed in 1988. She has been held in Tehran’s Evin prison since 2009 serving a 15-year sentence.

May 19, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Taiwan NGO Worker Held Incommunicado In China (China: UA 71.17)

Lee Ming-cheh is the first foreign NGO worker to be detained after the new Foreign NGO Management Law went into effect and is under investigation for “endangering national security”. No direct contact has been made with him since he first went missing on 19 March 2017 after crossing the border into China. His whereabouts remain unknown.

May 18, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Jailed Human Rights Defender In Poor Health (Iran: UA 127.15)

Following 31 days of hunger strike in Tehran's Evin prison, Iranian human rights defender Atena Daemi is in poor health, and requires immediate hospitalization. She has been unjustly imprisoned for her human rights activities since November 2016.

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Urgent Action Update: Bahraini Man’s Death Sentence Upheld On Appeal (Bahrain: UA 252.14)

11 May, the Bahrain High Court of Appeal upheld the death sentence imposed against Maher Abbas Ahmed. His case will now go before the Court of Cassation. Maher Abbas Ahmed will be at imminent risk of execution if the sentence is upheld again.

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Urgent Action Update: Leopoldo López Denied Access To His Lawyers (Venezuela: UA 33.14)

Venezuelan prisoner of conscience, Leopoldo López, continues to be denied access to his lawyers since 8 April. Despite authorities allowing family visits since 7 May, they continue violating his right to a defence.

May 17, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Three Activists Sentenced to Prison In Secret Trial (Laos: UA 184.16)

According to sources, three Lao human rights activists, Soukan Chaithad, Somphone Phimmasone and Lodkham Thammavong, were sentenced to between 12 and 20 years’ in prison following a secret trial held in April 2017. Arrested in March 2016, and held incommunicado for over two months, they are prisoners of conscience and should be immediately and unconditionally released.

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Urgent Action Update: Health Fears For Jailed Iranian Teacher Unionist (Iran: UA 171.15)

The health of jailed trade unionist Esmail Abdi has deteriorated following a hunger strike he started on 30 April in protest at the criminalization of peaceful trade unionists. He is a prisoner of conscience serving a six-year sentence in Tehran’s Evin prison.