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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

August 22, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Worrying Crackdown On Kenyan Defenders (Kenya: UA 198.17)

Kenya’s NGO Coordination Board threatened to arrest George Kegoro, Executive Director of Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC), Gladwell Otieno, Executive Director of African Center for Open Governance (AfriCOG) and Maina Kiai (pictured), former UN Special Rapporteur and a member of AfriCOG’s Board of Directors on 16 August.

August 22, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Missing Human Rights Defender At Risk Of Torture (Viet Nam: UA 197.17)

Former prisoner of conscience, Nguyễn Bắc Truyển was last seen on 30 July 2017 after dropping off his wife outside her place of work in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. Although State media reported that he was arrested by authorities, more than three weeks later his wife has received no official confirmation from police as to the accusations against him or his place of detention. He is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment and has pre-existing medical conditions that require treatment.

August 22, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! Abortion Decriminalized In Chile (Chile: UA 161.17)

Chile’s Constitutional Tribunal has ruled in favour of decriminalizing abortion under three specific circumstances. This is an important step toward ensuring the protection of women and girls’ human rights across the country.

August 22, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! Palestinian University Professor Released (Israel/OPT: UA 140.17)

University professor Ahmad Qatamesh was released from administrative detention by the Israeli authorities on 13 August. His three month detention order was not renewed after it expired. He is now back home in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank with his family. Ahmad Qatamesh was a prisoner of conscience.

August 21, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! Journalists Out Of Immediate Danger (Paraguay: UA 154.17)

Menchi Barriocanal and Oscar Acosta, Paraguayan journalists and married couple who were threatened with imprisonment by President Horacio Cartes, have stopped receiving threats and seem to be out of immediate danger of being arbitrarily detained.

August 18, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Journalist Facing Charges For Exposé Book (Poland: UA 196.17)

Investigative journalist Tomasz Piątek is facing criminal charges for a book he published in June, alleging a link between the Defence Minister and the Russian intelligence services. If found guilty he could face up to 3 years in prison.

August 18, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! Four Families Ordered Released From Detention (USA: UA 59.17)

On 17 August, four-year-old Carlos and 16-year-old Michael along with their mothers, Lorena and Maribel (all names changed to protect their identities), were ordered released from Berks County Residential Center in Pennsylvania by an immigration judge after nearly 700 days in detention. This follows the release of two other young boys and their mothers held in Berks for over 22 months on 7 and 14 August.

August 17, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Harassment of Dissident Iranian Cleric Must End (Iran: UA 78.14)

Dissident Iranian cleric Seyed Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi has faced continued intimidation and death threats by the Iranian authorities since his release from prison on 4 January. He is under 24 hour surveillance and has effectively been placed under house arrest. He is critically ill, and could be returned to prison at any time.

August 16, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Website Founder Ill-Treated In Detention (China: UA 284.16)

Huang Qi, founder of “64 Tianwang” (64tianwang.org), who has been detained since November 2016, was ill-treated by police officers in the detention centre and it is unclear if he has received adequate medical treatment.

August 16, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Iranian Prisoner Of Conscience In Critical Health (Iran: UA 174.13)

Iranian prisoner of conscience and human rights defender Arash Sadeghi is critically ill and requires immediate hospitalization outside of prison. However, the authorities are refusing to authorize the transfer, apparently on the orders of the Revolutionary Guards. The denial of access to medical care in these circumstances amounts to torture.