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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 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: 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.

September 18, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Human Rights Defender Facing Two Trials (Zimbabwe: UA 169.19)

Pastor Evan Mawarire, a human rights defender in Zimbabwe, is set to appear before the magistrates’ court on 19 September for the charge of ‘inciting public violence’ and at the High Court on 25 September for the charge of ‘subversion of constitutional elected government’. The two trials are related to his human rights work.

September 18, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Forced Disappearance In Mapuche Community (Argentina: UA 191.17)

National Security Forces violently repressed the Mapuche community Pu Lof en Resistencia, in Chubut, Argentina, and a 28-year-old man was forcibly disappeared.

September 18, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Juvenile Offender At Risk Of Imminent Execution (Saudi Arabia: UA 209.16)

An appeal court has upheld the death sentence against Abdulkareem al-Hawaj, a Shi’a man who was convicted of offences committed when he was 16 years old. The court appears to have based its sentence on forced “confessions.”

September 18, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Trade Unionist In Need Of Medical Care (Iran: UA 306.13)

Iranian trade unionist Reza Shahabi was forced to return to prison on 9 August, prompting him to go on hunger strike in protest. After over 40 days on hunger strike, his health has seriously deteriorated and he is in need of urgent specialized medical care. He is a prisoner of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally.

September 15, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Human Rights Lawyer Must Be Released (Egypt: UA 210.17)

Ibrahim Metwaly, human rights lawyer and co-founder of the Families of the Disappeared in Egypt group, was detained on 10 September while on his way to Geneva to address the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. After being held incommunicado for two days by Egyptian security forces, the Prosecutor has now ordered his detention for a further 15 days, pending investigation.