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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





July 24, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Death Sentence Upheld On Appeal For 15 Men (Saudi Arabia: UA 182.17)

The families of 15 Saudi Arabian men sentenced to death learned on 23 July that the Court of Appeal had upheld their sentences. The 15 men are accused of spying for Iran and were sentenced after a grossly unfair mass trial. They will be at risk of imminent execution as soon as the Supreme Court upholds their sentences.

July 24, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: 14 Saudi Arabian Men At Imminent Risk Of Execution (Saudi Arabia: UA 180.17)

Fourteen Saudi Arabian men are at imminent risk of execution after their families learned on 23 July that the Supreme Court has ratified their death sentences. On 1 June 2016, the men were sentenced to death penalty after a grossly unfair trial based on “confessions” they said were obtained under torture.

July 21, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Imprisoned Journalist Must Be Released (Ukraine: UA 160.17)

Stanislav Aseev, a freelance journalist, who was missing for several weeks, is held by the Russia-backed separatists from the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DNR”) in eastern Ukraine. They accuse him of “espionage”.

July 21, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Bahraini Human Rights Defender Charged (Bahrain: UA 165.17)

Bahraini human rights defender Ebtisam al-Saegh was charged on 18 July by the Terrorism Crime Prosecution with using her human rights work as a cover to provide Alkarama Foundation with information and fake news about the situation in Bahrain. She has been detained for a further six months pending completion of the investigation. She is a prisoner of conscience.

July 20, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Wounaan Indigenous Community In Danger (Colombia: UA 178.17)

Presence and clashes between paramilitary groups, the National Liberation Army and state security forces continue to violate the rights of Indigenous communities in Chocó, in the Pacific region of Colombia.

July 20, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Egyptian Defender Arbitrarily Detained (Egypt: UA 176.17)

Human rights defender and lawyer Tarek Hussein has been arbitrarily detained by the Egyptian security forces for more than a month, despite the prosecutor’s decision to release him on bail on 18 June. He was held incommunicado for 12 days during his detention. He is a prisoner of conscience.

July 20, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Several Men Arbitrarily Held In Poor Conditions (South Sudan: UA 87.16)

George Livio Bahara, one of the men arbitrarily detained at a prison at the National Security Service (NSS) headquarters in Juba, was released on 25 May. Mike Tyson, another detainee, died on 29 June at the NSS prison. Twenty-one men remain held at the NSS prison under poor conditions with lack of access to appropriate medical treatment.

July 20, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Court Stays Mental Exam Of University Lecturer (Uganda: UA 89.17)

Dr Stella Nyanzi, an academic and feminist, will not be subjected to a mental health examination after a magistrate court ordered a stay of the examination on 25 May. Dr Stella Nyanzi was released on conditional bail by the same court on 10 May. She still faces charges of insulting the president and violating his right to privacy.

July 20, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Maldives To Resume Executions After Over 60 Years (Maldives: UA 179.17)

Sources close to the government of Maldives have confirmed that executions in the country will resume on 21 July 2017. The Maldives Supreme Court has upheld the convictions and death sentences of three men, who are all now at imminent risk of execution. If carried out, it would be the first executions in the country in over 60 years.

July 19, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Resumption Of Executions Looms In Ohio (USA: UA 175.17)

Ronald Phillips is scheduled to be executed in Ohio on 26 July. He was sentenced to death in 1993 for a murder committed earlier that year when he was 19 years old. He is now 43. This would be the first execution in Ohio in three and a half years.