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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!


For the most vulnerable, the ban is a death sentence.

Tell Congress and demand that Trump abandon this bigoted ban.

Urgent Actions

October 23, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Mental Competence In Doubt As Execution Set (USA: UA 202.17)

Jack Greene, aged 62, is scheduled to be executed in Arkansas on 9 November. His lawyers assert his execution would be unconstitutional because he has a psychotic disorder preventing him from having a rational understanding of his punishment.

October 23, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Iranian Prisoner Of Conscience Critically Ill (Iran: UA 242.17)

Prisoner of conscience Mohammad Nazari, who has been unjustly languishing in prison for over two decades, is critically ill and needs urgent medical care outside prison. He has been on hunger strike since 30 July, demanding his release from prison. He must be released immediately and unconditionally.

October 23, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Human Rights Lawyer, Activists Arbitrarily Held (Tanzania: UA 244.17)

Thirteen health and human rights activists, including two South Africans and one Ugandan, have been detained by Tanzanian authorities. They were arrested during a consultative meeting to discuss the Tanzanian government’s decision to limit the provision of certain health services that it had previously provided. The 13 have been accused of ‘promoting homosexuality’ in Tanzania though they are yet to be formally charged.

October 23, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Death Threats For Human Rights Lawyer (India: UA 243.17)

Dalit lawyer and human rights defender, Rajat Kalsan, faces fabricated charges and death threats due to his work defending Dalit communities in Haryana state. Forced to suspend his legal practice and leave his home town, he faces life imprisonment if convicted of the charges.

October 23, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Taiwan NGO Worker Faces Life Imprisonment (China: UA 71.17)

Lee Ming-cheh, the first foreign NGO worker detained after the Foreign NGO Management Law came into effect, was seen “confessing” on camera to charges of “subversion” during his trial. Prior to this appearance, he had not been heard from for six months. If convicted, the maximum sentence is life imprisonment.

October 20, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Activists Indicted For Peaceful Assembly (Thailand: UA 290.16)

Five student activists, a land rights activist and two human rights lawyers face six months imprisonment and unfair trial in a military court in Khon Kaen, Northeast Thailand. The students had arranged a public discussion on Thailand’s constitution, which the human rights lawyers observed.

October 20, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Lesotho Soldiers At Risk Facing A Fresh Trial (Lesotho: UA 263.15)

The Court Martial of the Lesotho Defence Forces (LDF) soldiers facing mutiny charges been postponed. The soldiers fear that if this happens without due legal process, a fresh Court Martial could be set up despite the fact that a Southern African Development Community (SADC) Commission of Inquiry found the mutiny charges against them to be suspect.

October 19, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Man Held In Poor Conditions, Denied Family Visits (South Sudan: UA 240.17)

James Gatdet, who was unlawfully transferred from Kenya, has been charged with several offenses among them ‘Treason’ which carries the death penalty, or life imprisonment. He is being held at the National Security Service (NSS) headquarters under poor detention conditions. He has been denied visits from his lawyers and family since 15 September.

October 19, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Fifteen Released, Five Still Arbitrarily Detained (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.

October 19, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! Texas Court Issues Stay Of Execution (USA: UA 230.17)

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has granted a stay of execution to Clinton Young, who was due to be put to death on 26 October. The case is remanded to the trial court for resolution of the claim that false or misleading testimony was introduced at his trial.