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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





July 19, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Resumption of executions looms in Ohio (USA: UA 175.17)

Ronald Phillips is scheduled to be executed in Ohio on 26 July. He was sentenced to death in 1993 for a murder committed earlier that year when he was 19 years old. He is now 43. This would be the first execution in Ohio in three and a half years.

July 19, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Arbitrary Detainees On Hunger Strike (Venezuela: UA 174.17)

The physical integrity and lives of 14 police officers arbitrarily detained for politically motivated reasons are at risk in Venezuela, since they began a hunger strike 23 days ago to demand that authorities execute their pending release warrant.

July 18, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Amendments Threatening Rights Must Be Stopped (Poland: UA 173.17)

Two legislative amendments that would undermine the right to an effective remedy and the right to a fair trial have been adopted by the Polish Parliament on 15 July. It is now in the hands of the President to refuse to sign these amendments. The President’s signature could happen any moment.

July 17, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! Congress Rejects Regressive Abortion Reform (Dominican Republic: UA 151.16)

On 11 July, the Chamber of Deputies of the Dominican Congress voted to reject proposed reforms to the Criminal Code that failed to decriminalize abortion in limited circumstances and continued to violate the rights of women and girls. As a result, the proposed reforms cannot be made into law during the current legislative period.

July 17, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! Defenders End Strike, Release Secured (Cuba: UA 76.17)

Siblings and human rights defenders Anairis Miranda Leyva, Adairis Miranda Leyva and Fidel Manuel Batista Leyva ended the hunger strike they began on 8 June after being harassed and intimidated in Cuba following their conditional release from prison. On 3 July, twin sisters Anairis Miranda Leyva and Adairis Miranda Leyva, and their brother, Fidel Manuel … Continued

July 17, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Juvenile Offender’s Death Sentence Upheld (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.”

July 14, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Detained Defender Interrogated Continuously (Bahrain: UA 165.17)

Bahraini human rights defender, Ebtisam al-Saegh, has been under continuous and lengthy interrogation since her arrest on 3 July when she also started a hunger strike. She is at high risk of torture or other ill-treatment and requires urgent medical attention. Ebtisam al-Saegh is a prisoner of conscience who must be released immediately and unconditionally.

July 13, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Woman Convicted Under Unfair Anti-Abortion Law (El Salvador: UA 98.17)

While Salvadoran legislators have, for months, been postponing the debate on the Criminal Code reform that would decriminalize abortion, another rape survivor has been sentenced to 30 years’ imprisonment for having suffered pregnancy-related complications.

July 13, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Reveal Whereabouts Of Four Kurdish Men (Iran: 171.17)

Four men from Iran’s Kurdish minority have been subjected to enforced disappearance since their arrests on 23 and 24 June. The authorities have refused to provide any information to their families about their fate or whereabouts. The men, who are all related, are at risk of extrajudicial execution, torture and other human rights violations.

July 13, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: De-Facto Authorities Deny Holding Journalist (Ukraine: UA 160.17)

Stanislav Aseev, a freelance journalist, has been missing in the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DNR) in eastern Ukraine since 2 June. The pro-Russian separatist authorities in Donetsk deny having any information regarding his whereabouts but Amnesty International has heard from a confidential source that he is under the custody of the de-facto “Ministry of State Security.”