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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

August 16, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Website Founder Ill-Treated In Detention (China: UA 284.16)

Huang Qi, founder of “64 Tianwang” (64tianwang.org), who has been detained since November 2016, was ill-treated by police officers in the detention centre and it is unclear if he has received adequate medical treatment.

August 16, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Iranian Prisoner Of Conscience In Critical Health (Iran: UA 174.13)

Iranian prisoner of conscience and human rights defender Arash Sadeghi is critically ill and requires immediate hospitalization outside of prison. However, the authorities are refusing to authorize the transfer, apparently on the orders of the Revolutionary Guards. The denial of access to medical care in these circumstances amounts to torture.

August 14, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Belarus Sentences Two Men To Death (Belarus: UA 195.17)

Ihar Hershankou and Siamion Berazhnoy were convicted and sentenced to death by the Mahiliou Regional Court, in eastern Belarus, on 21 July 2017. Theirs are the second and third death sentences imposed in Belarus in 2017.

August 14, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Pakistani Defender Forcibly Disappeared (Pakistan: UA 192.17)

Human rights defender and Convenor of Voice for Missing Persons of Sindh, Punhal Sario, has been forcibly disappeared in Sindh Province, southern Pakistan. This is another example in a string of recent enforced disappearances by the security forces in Sindh. His fate and whereabouts remain unknown. He is at grave risk of torture, ill-treatment, and even death.

August 14, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Shawkan Still Detained After Four Years (Egypt: UA 243.14)

On 12 August, the Cairo criminal court adjourned Mahmoud Abu Zeid's court hearing 19 August, for the 35th time. Today is the four-year anniversary of Mahmoud Abu Zeid’s arrest. The Egyptian photojournalist, also known as “Shawkan,” has been in prison for four years. He is a prisoner of conscience.

August 11, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Detainee’s Fate And Whereabouts Unknown (Venezuela: UA 194.17)

Raúl Isaías Baduel was unexpectedly taken from his cell at Ramo Verde National Military Detention Centre, Caracas, at dawn on 8 August 2017. There has been no information regarding his whereabouts since.

August 10, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: 76-Year Old Crimean Tatar Protester In Detention (Ukraine: UA 193.17)

76-year old Crimean Tatar Server Karametov was arrested on 8 August by the de facto authorities in Crimea while engaging in a peaceful protest and sentenced to 10 days of administrative detention on charges of resisting police. He is a prisoner of conscience, with Parkinson’s disease, who must be immediately and unconditionally released.

August 10, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Journalist’s Deportation Halted But Risk Remains (Russian Federation: UA 61.17)

On 8 August, the Moscow City Court suspended the deportation of Uzbekistani national Khudoberdi Nurmatov pending review of his case by the European Court of Human Rights, but he continues to be held in detention. He should be immediately released.

August 10, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! Pastor Released After Over Two Years Of Detention (North Korea: UA 139.17)

Lim Hyeon-soo, a 62 year old Canadian pastor, has been released from a North Korean labour camp after spending more than two and a half years in detention. Convicted of “plotting to overthrow the government” in 2015, he had been sentenced to life in prison with hard labour. The Canadian government has confirmed that Lim Hyeon-soo will soon be reunited with his family in Canada.

August 9, 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.