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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

September 25, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Victim Of Acid Attack Faces Defamation (Indonesia: UA 217.17)

Novel Baswedan, a human rights defender and prominent investigator for the independent Corruption Eradication Commission, is facing criminal defamation proceedings for an email he wrote as a union representative. These charges come five months after he suffered an acid attack in Jakarta of which there has been no progress.

September 22, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Activists Risk Prison After Peaceful Protest (Democratic Republic of Congo: UA 218.17)

Congolese pro-democracy activists Jean Mulenda, Patrick Mbuya, Jean-Pierre Tshibitshabu and Eric Omari were sentenced to eight months in prison on 30 August. They have appealed the sentence. A fifth activist, Timothée Mbuya is still facing trial. The five were arrested on 31 July for their involvement in public protests demanding the publication of the elections … Continued

September 22, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Detained Cartoonist Facing Trumped Up Charges (Equatorial Guinea: UA 219.17)

An Equatorial Guinean cartoonist and activist, Ramón Esono Ebalé, whose work has been critical of the government has been arrested and detained. He is being held at the Black Beach prison in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. He has not been charged yet. 1) TAKE ACTION Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet: Urging the … Continued

September 22, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Human Rights Defender Faces New Charges (Bahrain: UA 294.14)

On 12 September, prisoner of conscience Nabeel Rajab was interrogated by the Terrorism Prosecution in relation to comments posted on Instagram and Twitter accounts running in his name. He faces new charges including “inciting hatred against the regime”. There are also concerns for his safety after he was interrogated by the National Security Agency in June.

September 21, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Florida Execution Reset, Innocence Maintained (USA UA: 31.15)

Clarence Moore and Aleisha Bryant were killed on 6 February 1983 and buried near the trailer home that Cary Michael Lambrix shared with Frances Smith. Michael Lambrix was charged with murder. His 1983 trial ended in a mistrial after the jury could not agree on a verdict. At retrial in 1984, the jury voted to convict him of two counts of first-degree murder and recommended the death penalty, by 10 votes to two for one murder and eight to four for the other. Michael Lambrix maintains his innocence of pre-meditated murder, claiming he acted in self-defence when Clarence Moore fatally attacked Aleisha Bryant and came at him when he tried to stop the assault.

September 20, 2017 • Urgent Action

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

While newspaper editor Kyaw Min Swe has been released on bail, he remains on trial for “online defamation’’ for a satirical article mocking the Myanmar Army. In addition, he and his colleague Kyaw Zwar Naing are now also facing additional charges in connection with the article. They have been charged solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression.

September 20, 2017 • Urgent Action

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 20, 2017 • Urgent Action

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 19, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Offices Of Human Rights Defenders Attacked (Indonesia: UA 215.17)

Staff of the Indonesian and Jakarta Legal Institutes were threatened by violent ‘anti-communist’ protesters outside their offices. The organizations have since closed due to concerns for the safety of their staff. Indonesian authorities must take action to protect them and ensure that these human rights defenders are able to continue their work.

September 18, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Juror Racism Claim As Execution Draws Near (USA: UA 216.17)

Keith Tharpe is scheduled to be executed in Georgia at 7pm on 26 September. He was sentenced to death for the murder of his sister-in-law in 1990. His appeal lawyers are trying to get back into court to argue that juror racism infected his 1991 trial.