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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 27, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! Professor Released After 47 Days Of Abduction (Libya: UA 109.17)

University professor Dr. Salem Mohamed Beitelmal was released on 6 June. He had been abducted by local militias on the outskirts of Tripoli since 20 April. He has now returned home and joined his family.

July 26, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Activists Deported From Saudi Arabia Detained (Sudan: UA 157.17)

Activists Elgassim Mohamed Seed Ahmed, Elwaleed Imam Hassan Taha and Alaa Aldin al-Difana were deported from Saudi Arabia to Sudan on 11 July. The Sudanese National Intelligence Service (NISS) arrested them upon arrival in Sudan. The three are currently being held at the NISS headquarters in Khartoum North. Amnesty considers them to be prisoners of conscience held solely for exercising their right to freedom of expression.

July 26, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Human Rights Defender Facing Intimidation (Nigeria: UA 181.17)

Human rights defender Maurice Fangnon was detained at the Nigerian Police Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department in Abuja accused of providing police with false information that a member of a powerful royal family was responsible for arson, murder and forced evictions of residents of the Otodo-Gbame community. He was released four days later, but was asked to report back on Wednesday, 2 August. Amnesty International is concerned that this is an attempt to intimidate him.

July 26, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Multiple Concerns As Missouri Execution Set (USA: UA 183.17)

Marcellus Williams, aged 48, is due to be executed in Missouri on 22 August for a 1998 murder. He maintains his innocence of the crime. An African American, he was tried before an almost all-white jury. Two of the four federal judges to review his case have concluded that he received constitutionally inadequate representation at his sentencing.

July 24, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Death Sentence Upheld On Appeal For 15 Men (Saudi Arabia: UA 182.17)

The families of 15 Saudi Arabian men sentenced to death learned on 23 July that the Court of Appeal had upheld their sentences. The 15 men are accused of spying for Iran and were sentenced after a grossly unfair mass trial. They will be at risk of imminent execution as soon as the Supreme Court upholds their sentences.

July 24, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: 14 Saudi Arabian Men At Imminent Risk Of Execution (Saudi Arabia: UA 180.17)

Fourteen Saudi Arabian men are at imminent risk of execution after their families learned on 23 July that the Supreme Court has ratified their death sentences. On 1 June 2016, the men were sentenced to death penalty after a grossly unfair trial based on “confessions” they said were obtained under torture.

July 21, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Imprisoned Journalist Must Be Released (Ukraine: UA 160.17)

Stanislav Aseev, a freelance journalist, who was missing for several weeks, is held by the Russia-backed separatists from the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DNR”) in eastern Ukraine. They accuse him of “espionage”.

July 21, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Bahraini Human Rights Defender Charged (Bahrain: UA 165.17)

Bahraini human rights defender Ebtisam al-Saegh was charged on 18 July by the Terrorism Crime Prosecution with using her human rights work as a cover to provide Alkarama Foundation with information and fake news about the situation in Bahrain. She has been detained for a further six months pending completion of the investigation. She is a prisoner of conscience.

July 20, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Wounaan Indigenous Community In Danger (Colombia: UA 178.17)

Presence and clashes between paramilitary groups, the National Liberation Army and state security forces continue to violate the rights of Indigenous communities in Chocó, in the Pacific region of Colombia.

July 20, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Egyptian Defender Arbitrarily Detained (Egypt: UA 176.17)

Human rights defender and lawyer Tarek Hussein has been arbitrarily detained by the Egyptian security forces for more than a month, despite the prosecutor’s decision to release him on bail on 18 June. He was held incommunicado for 12 days during his detention. He is a prisoner of conscience.