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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February 22, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Risk of Executions After Final Sentence Confirmed (Japan: UA 213.16)

The execution of 13 members of Aum Shinrikyo could be carried out any moment following the completion of the trial for the final two other cult members who turned themselves in after 17 years on the run.

February 22, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Kashmiri Photojournalist Faces Life in Prison (India: UA 43.18)

Kamran Yousuf has been charged with several criminal offences including ‘waging war against the government of India’. The charges are based on the allegation that he only covered violent protests in Kashmir rather than other ‘developmental activities’. In pre-trial detention for over five months, he faces life imprisonment if convicted.

February 22, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! – Prisoner Of Conscience Gets Medical Care (Venezuela: UA 274.17)

Prisoner of conscience Villca Fernández finally received medical care after having been denied urgently needed medical treatment since June 2017. Since 26 January 2018, prison authorities have transferred Villca Fernández to a military hospital on several occasions for continued treatment.

February 22, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Detained Chadian Youth Activist Alleges Torture (Chad: UA 44.18)

Alain Didah Kemba, spokesperson of the Chadian youth movement IYINA, was arrested on 19 February for allegedly attempting to burn a tire on the street. He is being detained at the Police Headquarters without charge. Alain has reported that he was beaten on his legs and the soles of his feet during an interrogation and his lawyer says he can barely stand on his feet as a result.

February 21, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Man At Risk of Torture if Extradited to Russia (Slovakia: UA 41.18)

Aslan Yandiev was detained by the Slovakian authorities on 20 January 2011, shortly before the Prosecutor General’s office of the Russian Federation submitted a request for his extradition. He is now at risk of imminent extradition to Russia following the Minister of Justice’s decision on 7 February to authorise it. If extradited to Russia, Aslan Yandiev would be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

February 21, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: 12 Assumed Transgender People Publicly Tortured (Indonesia: UA 36.18)

Individuals assumed to be transgender women by the North Aceh Police Force were arbitrary arrested, humiliated and tortured on 27 January. Although released without charge the next day, the individuals remain deeply traumatized, with some having lost their jobs and others being forced to flee due to concerns for their safety.

February 21, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Activist in Prison for ‘Crimes Against State Security’ (Indonesia: UA 34.18)

Environmental activist Heri Budiawan, known as Budi Pego, was sentenced to 10 months in prison on 24 January 2018 for “crimes against state security.” The first conviction under a provision which criminalises spreading communist ideology since the downfall of Soeharto in 1998, it sets a dangerous precedent for other activists. Heri Budiawan is a prisoner of conscience and must be immediately and unconditionally released.

February 21, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! – Convicted Environmental Activists Released (Cambodia: UA 279.17)

Two environmental activists and prisoners of conscience, convicted of and sentenced on trumped-up charges based on their peaceful activism, were released after serving five months out of their 1-year prison sentences, as seven months of their sentences had been suspended.

February 20, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Oromo Civilians Killed, Wounded by the Military (Ethiopia: UA 40.18)

At least 22 members of the Ethiopian Oromo community have been killed or wounded by military officers in two separate incidents.

February 20, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Pro-Democracy Activists Arbitrarily Detained (Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): UA 39.18)

Pro-democracy activists Rachel Pilipili, Francois Kahombo Hangi, Justin Mutabesha, Benjamin Kamuntu and Parfait Muhani have been in arbitrary detention since 21 January. They have alleged that they were beaten in the first five days of their detention by security officers. The five were arrested during a peaceful demonstration in Goma.