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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 14, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Former Prisoner Of Conscience Detained Again (China: UA 212.17)

Activist and human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng is said to be currently in police custody in Beijing. Last heard from on 13 August 2017, his exact location and current condition remain unclear. Given his previous treatment in detention, and without access to a lawyer, he is at high risk of torture or other ill-treatment.

September 14, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! Religious Minority Leader Released But Still At Risk (Algeria: UA 205.17)

On 13 September the Court of First Instance in Ain Tedles, Algeria convicted and sentenced President of the Ahmadiyya religious community, Mohamed Fali to a 6 month suspended prison term and a fine of 20,000 Algerian dinar. He was released from pre-trial detention on 13 September but remains at risk of further prosecution.

September 12, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: LGBT Activist Charged With Homosexual Propaganda (Russian Federation: UA 209.17)

Evdokia Romanova, an LBGT activist from Samara, Russia was charged with “homosexual propaganda” on 26 July for reposting links to the international Youth Coalition for Sexual Reproductive Rights website and to articles that promoted LGBT equality. She will stand trial on 18 September.

September 11, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Chechen Man’s Whereabouts In Russian Unknown (Russia Federation: UA 208.17)

Imran Salamov is a 39-year old Chechen man who was forcibly returned from Belarus to Russia on 5 September. His whereabouts are currently unknown and he is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

September 11, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Saudi Arabian Man’s Execution Date Set (Saudi Arabia: UA 144.17)

The family of a Saudi Arabian man sentenced to death has learned that he will be executed on 13 September. Said Mabkhout al-Sai’ari was sentenced to death after an unfair trial, he has exhausted all his appeals.

September 8, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Couple Held In Solitary Confinement for 66 Days (Egypt: 206.17)

Ola al-Qaradawy and her husband Hossam Khalaf have been detained in solitary confinement since 3 July. On 30 June, security forces arrested them on charges of belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood. They are both detained in poor prison conditions.

September 8, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Activists Held Incommunicado May Face Life In Prison (Viet Nam: UA 204.17)

Three Vietnamese activists, Trương Minh Đức, Nguyễn Trung Tôn, and Phạm Văn Trội, are being held incommunicado at B14 prison in Hà Nội after their arrests on 30 July 2017. They have a range of pre-existing health conditions that require treatment and face a sentence of up to life imprisonment or capital punishment.

September 8, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: US National Sentenced To Death In Saudi Arabia (Saudi Arabia: UA 188.17)

US national Robert Slaten was sentenced to death on 13 July in Saudi Arabia on appeal. A court convicted him of the murder of his wife after a grossly unfair trial. The conviction relied largely on statements made by the victim’s son, who did not witness the crime.

September 7, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! Palestinian Circus Performer Released (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.

September 7, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Saudi Arabian Prisoner Of Conscience On Trial (Saudi Arabia: UA 35.15)

Saudi Arabian activist Issa al-Nukheifi was brought to trial before the counter-terror court on 21 August, where he first learned of the charges against him. The charges and the trial are connected to his human rights activism and social media posts. He is a prisoner of conscience and should be released immediately.