Answer the call to defend people under immediate threat of grave human rights abuse.

What is the Urgent Action Network?

Amnesty International’s Urgent Action Network is a community of people just like you who take action—letters, emails, phone calls, faxes and tweets–on emergency cases of human rights abuses around the world.

Together, we’ve helped stop torture, halt executions and free prisoners of conscience like Phyoe Phyoe Aung in Myanmar (pictured here).

Once people like you take action, the relevant authorities quickly realize that the world is watching and an international audience is deeply concerned about the case’s outcome. That global pressure often helps achieve a positive outcome.

Phyoe Phyoe Freed

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Bulletins specify the case, government officials to contact, their contact information, and suggestions about what to write, say or tweet. Learn more about writing effective letters and emails.

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October 16, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Activist Faces Trial For “Homosexual Propaganda” (Russian Federation: UA 209.17)

On 18 October, a court in Samara will hear the case against human rights defender Evdokia Romanova accused of spreading “homosexual propaganda”. The judge has ruled that the hearing will be closed to the public. The proceedings against Evdokia Romanova stem solely from the peaceful exercise of her right to freedom of expression and therefore must be dropped.

October 13, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Crimean Tatar Leader Sentenced To Prison (Ukraine: UA 205.16)

Prominent Crimean Tatar activist Ilmi Umerov was sentenced to two years in penal colony on 27 September for his criticism of the Russian occupation of Crimea. The court also imposed a two-year ban on his public activities. Ilmi Umerov’s sentence should be quashed immediately and the charges against him dropped.

October 13, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Human Rights Defender And Journalist Charged (Angola: UA 155.17)

Human rights defender Rafael Marques de Morais and journalist Mariano Brás Lourenço have formally been charged with ‘defamation of a public authority’ and ‘outrage to a sovereign body’ in relation to an article they published on questionable acquisition of public land by the Angolan General Public Prosecutor. Both charges carry a penalty of one year in prison and three years in prison respectively.

October 12, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Mexican National Facing Execution In Texas (USA: UA 239.17)

Ruben Cárdenas Ramírez, a 47-year-old Mexican national denied his consular rights, is due to be executed in Texas on 8 November in violation of international law. Convicted in 1998 of a murder in 1997, he maintains his innocence and is seeking new DNA testing.

October 11, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Uzbekistani Journalist At Risk Of Extradition (Ukraine: UA 238.17)

Journalist and poet Narzullo Akhunzhonov was detained by Ukrainian border guards on 20 September, following an Interpol Red Notice requested by Uzbekistan. He remains remanded in custody, pending a formal extradition request from the Uzbekistani authorities. If forcibly returned to Uzbekistan, he would be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. 1) TAKE ACTION Write … Continued

October 11, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Bill Leading To Military Impunity Approved (Brazil: UA 236.17)

The Brazilian Senate has approved a proposed bill which will transfer to the Military Court the ability to try human rights violations, such as killings and extrajudicial executions, which have been carried out by military personnel against civilians. This contradicts the fundamental principles of fair trial, judicial independence and impartiality of the decisions. It is now up to the President of Brazil to fully veto or sign the Bill into law.

October 10, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Environmental Rights Defender Falsely Accused (Madagascar: UA 237.17)

Malagasy environmental human rights defender Raleva has been detained based on the false charge of ‘use of false title’. This comes after he publicly challenged a Chinese gold mining company to provide proof that it had been granted mining and environmental permits to proceed with its activities. There are also health concerns for Raleva as he has yet to fully recover from a surgery he underwent several months ago.

October 10, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Palestinian Women’s Union Leader Released (Israel/OPT: UA 187.17)

Member of the Palestinian parliament Khalida Jarrar and women’s union leader Khitam Saafin have been held without being charged or tried for 36 days. They both face indefinite detention without charge or trial. Their administrative detention orders can be renewed indefinitely and with no prior notice.

October 10, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Activist Tried In Closed Court For Subversion (China: UA 129.15)

After more than 28 months in detention followed by a closed court hearing for “subverting state power”, prominent activist Wu Gan (better known by his pen name Tufu, ‘The Butcher’) remains incarcerated. He is still at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

October 6, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Journalist At Risk In Notorious Detention Center (Uzbekistan: UA 232.17)

On 27 September, Uzbekistani journalist Bobomurod Abdullayev was detained by the National Security Services in Tashkent for allegedly attempting to overthrow the constitutional order of the Republic of Uzbekistan. He has since been held at one of the most notorious detention centres in the country, where torture is commonplace. He is at serious risk of torture and other ill-treatment. Human rights defenders and colleagues believe he is being targeted for his journalistic work and critical political views.