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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 26, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Teacher At Risk If Extradited To Turkey (Georgia: 121.17)

Mustafa Çabuk, a Turkish secondary school teacher living in Georgia, is at imminent risk of extradition to Turkey, where he is at risk of torture and other grave human rights violations. Turkey has accused Mustafa Çabuk of “supporting terrorism”, referring to his alleged links with the Gülen movement.

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Urgent Action Update: Torture Fears For Activist Sentenced To Death (China: UA 3.17)

Veteran activist Xu Youchen has testified at his appeal that police had tortured him to obtain the evidence used to convict and sentence him to death in December 2016. In addition to unfair trial concerns, there are fears that he is still at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

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Urgent Action Update: Human Rights Defender’s Sentence Upheld (Cuba: UA 32.17)

A Provincial Court upheld a three-year prison sentence against human rights defender Eduardo Cardet who continues to be held in the Provincial Prison of Holguín, south-east Cuba. He is a prisoner of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally.

May 25, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Priest Harassed Over Memorial to Dead War Victims (Sri Lanka: UA 116.17)

Sri Lankan priest, Father Elil Rajendram, is being harassed by the police over his efforts to help families memorialize their loved ones lost during the armed conflict.

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Urgent Action Update: Human Rights Defender Facing Death Penalty (Sudan: UA 26.17)

Dr. Mudawi Ibrahim Adam is now facing six charges two of which may result in the death penalty or life imprisonment if he is convicted. Dr. Mudawi Ibrahim Adam was arrested on 7 December 2016 and is being detained for his human rights work in Sudan.

May 24, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Fear For Hunger Strikers’ Well-being (Turkey: UA 107.17)

Academic Nuriye Gülmen and primary school teacher Semih Özakça, were remanded in Sincan prison, in Ankara, on 23 May. They are continuing a prolonged hunger strike to protest against the dismissal from their jobs. There are fears for their wellbeing including that they may be forced to end their hunger strike against their will.

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Urgent Action: Police Use Tear Gas On Peaceful Protesters (Colombia: UA 117.17)

Residents of the city of Buenaventura in Colombia have reported police repression, including the use of tear gas, at peaceful protests that began on 16 May. Several people, including two children, have been injured. Police and armed forces have a significant presence in the area, and fear of increasing violence remains as protests continue.

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Urgent Action Update: University Lecturer Freed On Conditional Bail (Uganda: UA 89.17)

Dr Stella Nyanzi, an academic and feminist, has been released on conditional bail. She was arrested on 7 April and subsequently charged with insulting the president and violating his right to privacy. On 25 May, the Magistrate Court is expected to hear an application made by the state attorney to have a mental health examination done on Dr Stella Nyanzi.

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Urgent Action Update: Fate And Whereabouts Of Two Men Unknown (South Sudan: UA 29.17)

Dong Samuel Luak and Aggrey Idri, were disappeared in Kenya and taken to a prison facility at the National Security Service (NSS) headquarters in Juba, South Sudan on 25 January, around midday. They were then removed from this facility on 27 January. Their current fate and whereabouts are unknown.

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Urgent Action Update: Health Concerns For Detainees Arbitrarily Held (South Sudan: UA 87.16)

Three men arbitrarily detained at a prison at the National Security Service (NSS) headquarters in Juba died in February and March as a result of poor prison conditions and lack of appropriate medical treatment. There is concern for the health of at least 23 other men arbitrarily detained at the NSS prison.