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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July 6, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: HEALTH CONCERNS FOR DETAINED SUDANESE ACTIVIST (Sudan: UA 127.18)

The family of Sudanese activist Husham Ali Mohamed Ali has received disturbing information that he has been injured while in detention. The Sudanese National Intelligence Service (NISS) arrested him upon arrival in Sudan on 29 May. The NISS have not allowed his family and lawyer to visit. Amnesty International considers him to be a prisoner of conscience held solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression.

July 6, 2018 • Urgent Action

SEVEN PEOPLE KILLED IN CAUCA (COLOMBIA: UA 128.18)

Seven bodies, all male, were found piled on a road of the municipality of Argelia, in the southwest region of Cauca, Colombia. The bodies are being identified by authorities as they were presumably not from the municipality. In the past few weeks, paramilitary groups have been circulating pamphlets threatening to kill certain groups of people.

July 6, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Nevada Reschedules First Execution Since 2006 (USA: UA 250.17)

The State of Nevada is set to carry out its first execution in 12 years. The execution – of a prisoner who has given up his appeals – is scheduled for 8pm on 11 July. Amnesty International is calling on Nevada not to resume executions.

July 6, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: IMPRISONED JOURNALIST GOES ON HUNGER STRIKE (Ukraine: UA 160.17)

Stanislav Aseev, a Ukrainian freelance journalist who the pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk have kept in detention on spurious charges since June 2017, has declared a hunger strike. The de facto authorities claim the journalist committed “espionage”- a trumped up accusation, based solely on his legitimate, peaceful work as a journalist.

July 5, 2018 • Urgent Action

LAWYER JAILED FOR DEFENDING WOMEN’S RIGHTS (Iran: UA 126.18)

Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been held in Tehran’s Evin prison since her arrest on 13 June. She is facing charges including “spreading propaganda against the system” in connection with her work as a lawyer defending women who have peacefully protested against compulsory veiling (hijab). She is a prisoner of conscience.

July 5, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Poet Under Illegal House Arrest ‘Prepared to Die’ (China: UA 270.17)

Liu Xia, widow of late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, kept crying during a recent recorded telephone conversation and said that she is prepared to die. Diagnosed as clinically depressed, Liu Xia’s well-being is the subject of serious concern after repeated empty promises by the Chinese authorities to allow her to leave China.

July 5, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: ARBITRARILY DETAINED PRISONER ON HUNGER STRIKE (Egypt: UA 206.17)

Ola al-Qaradawi has started a hunger strike in custody on 27 June, demanding the end of her arbitrary detention and abusive prison conditions. Ola al-Qaradawi has been in solitary confinement since her arrest on 3 July 2017. Hossam Khalaf, her husband, faces the same arbitrary detention. The prosecution is denying their lawyers access to the casefile. Prosecutors also failed to present any evidence to justify their detention on the charges brought against them.

July 5, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! – DISPLACED WOMEN, CHILDREN RECEIVE FOOD SUPPLY (Nigeria: UA 102.18)

Approximately 230 internally displaced women (known as the Knifar movement) and their children who had previously been denied access to food are now able to access food supplies.

July 3, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: PROTESTERS BEING HELD IN ADMINISTRATIVE DETENTION (India: UA 124.18)

Five protesters have been held under administrative detention since 10 June after participating in protests demanding the closure of a copper plant in southern India. Under the repressive National Security Act (NSA), people can be detained for up to 12 months on loosely defined grounds of maintenance of public order. The NSA has been used to target protesters and human rights defenders in India.

June 29, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Human Rights Defender Needs Urgent Cancer Test (Iran: UA 174.13)

Iranian human rights defender Arash Sadeghi has been diagnosed with a bone tumour that may be cancerous. The authorities are disregarding medical advice which recommends his immediate transfer to a facility specializing in cancer treatment.