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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

June 23, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Urge Congress To Decriminalize Abortion (Dominican Republic: UA 151.16)

In May 2017, the Dominican Senate voted to reject the President’s recommendations to decriminalize abortion. The President’s recommendations are now being discussed by the Justice Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, which is expected to vote on the recommendations soon. If the Chamber also rejects the President’s recommendations, the Dominican Republic’s Criminal Code will continue to violate the rights of women and girls.

June 22, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Detained Rohingya Child Dies In Custody (Myanmar: UA 10.17)

The confirmed death in custody of a child detained in November 2016 in northern Rakhine State as part of “clearance operations” increases fears for the safety of hundreds of detained Rohingya men and boys. All remain at risk of torture and other ill-treatment and of being subjected to unfair trials.

June 22, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Death Threat For Human Rights Lawyer And Family (Viet Nam: UA 149.17)

Human rights lawyer Lê Quốc Quân has received warnings from Việt Nam’s Ministry of Public Security officials that he and his family could be killed if he meets with visiting foreign dignitaries. They are under surveillance and at risk of being assaulted, injured or killed.

June 22, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Activist Detained For Commemorating June 4 (China: UA 148.17)

Activist Li Xiaoling was criminally detained on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” for commemorating the 28th anniversary of the Tiananmen Crackdown. She is suffering from glaucoma but has not been given proper treatment. Eight others were also detained for the same charge.

June 21, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Prison Sentence And Fine Upheld For Journalist (United Arab Emirates: UA 112.16)

The Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), upheld the conviction and sentence of Tayseer Salman al-Najjar on 19 June. The Jordanian poet and journalist was arrested on 15 December 2015 and is serving a three-year prison sentence for comments he posted on Facebook that were “damaging [to] the reputation and prestige of the Emirati state”. He is a prisoner of conscience.

June 19, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Defender At Risk Of Continued Detention In Egypt (Egypt: UA 129.17)

The South Banha prosecutor renewed on 18 June the detention for human rights defender Hanan Badr el-Din for 15 more days. The defender has been detained since 6 May, while the prosecutor investigates her on charges of belonging to a banned group.

June 19, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Minority Rights Journalist Attacked And Injured (Pakistan: UA 147.17)

Pakistani minority rights journalist Rana Tanweer faced an assassination attempt on 9 June. He was attacked in a hit and run accident and fractured his leg. Days before, his home was vandalised and he was threatened for his writing. The authorities have not provided him and his family with adequate protection nor held the perpetrators to account.

June 19, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Opposition Leader Held In Inhumane Conditions (Zambia: UA 90.17)

There is fear for safety of Hakainde Hichilema after he was transferred from Lusaka Central Correctional Facility in Lusaka Province to Mukobeko Maximum Correctional Facility in Central Province. He is being held under degrading and inhumane conditions at the Maximum Security Prison. The conditions to which he is subjected may amount to torture and other ill-treatment. Hakainde Hichilema is facing the charge of treason together with five others for allegedly obstructing a Presidential Motorcade.

June 19, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Circus Performer Detained For 554 Days In Israel (Israel/OPT: UA 12.16)

On 12 June, Ofer Military Court, in the occupied West Bank near Ramallah, renewed the administrative detention order of Mohammad Faisal Abu Sakha for three months. The Palestinian circus performer and teacher has been detained without charge or trial since 14 December 2015.

June 16, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! Opposition Politician Released (Maldives: UA 143.17)

Opposition politician Adam Azim has been released after spending nearly a week in detention in Maldives. He was arrested and faced trumped up charges after criticizing the government in a TV interview.