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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).

How Does It Work?

STEP 1: Sign Up

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STEP 2: Take action

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.

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.

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June 26, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Risk Of Excessive Force Against Protestors (Guatemala: UA 153.17)

People peacefully protesting against a mining project in Casillas, Guatemala, and by-standers were tear gassed and dispersed by riot police on 22 June. There are concerns of further excessive use of force as police presence continues in the community.

June 23, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Human Rights Defender Charged With Obstruction (Malaysia: UA 152.17)

Human rights defender and lawyer Siti Kasim has been charged with “obstruction” in connection with a raid on a transgender event held in April 2016. She could face up to two years in prison or a maximum fine of RM10,000 (USD 2,331) or both, if convicted.

June 23, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Detained Kurdish Activist In Critical Health (Syria: UA 151.17)

The health of Suleiman Abdulmajid Oussou has critically deteriorated since 21 June. The Syrian Kurdish opposition activist has been arbitrarily detained by the Asayish, the police force of the Democratic Union Party (PYD)-led Autonomous Administration, in the north-eastern region of Syrian, since 23 May. He is currently held in poor conditions in Allaya prison in Qamishli, north-eastern Syria, without being charged.

June 23, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Yemeni Academic Held Incommunicado For 57 Days (Yemen: UA 150.17)

Professor and political figure Mustafa al-Mutawakel has been held incommunicado by the internationally recognized Yemeni government forces in an unknown location for almost two months. He is in urgent need of medical care and at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.

June 23, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Urge Congress To Decriminalize Abortion (Dominican Republic: UA 151.16)

In May 2017, the Dominican Senate voted to reject the President’s recommendations to decriminalize abortion. The President’s recommendations are now being discussed by the Justice Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, which is expected to vote on the recommendations soon. If the Chamber also rejects the President’s recommendations, the Dominican Republic’s Criminal Code will continue to violate the rights of women and girls.

June 23, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Imprisoned Iranian Activist Must Be Released (Iran: UA 222.15)

Iranian human rights defender Omid Alishenas has been detained in Tehran’s Evin prison in poor conditions for more than six months. He is serving a seven-year prison sentence for his peaceful human rights work, which includes campaigning against the death penalty. He is a prisoner of conscience.

June 22, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Detained Rohingya Child Dies In Custody (Myanmar: UA 10.17)

The confirmed death in custody of a child detained in November 2016 in northern Rakhine State as part of “clearance operations” increases fears for the safety of hundreds of detained Rohingya men and boys. All remain at risk of torture and other ill-treatment and of being subjected to unfair trials.

June 22, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Death Threat For Human Rights Lawyer And Family (Viet Nam: UA 149.17)

Human rights lawyer Lê Quốc Quân has received warnings from Việt Nam’s Ministry of Public Security officials that he and his family could be killed if he meets with visiting foreign dignitaries. They are under surveillance and at risk of being assaulted, injured or killed.

June 22, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Activist Detained For Commemorating June 4 (China: UA 148.17)

Activist Li Xiaoling was criminally detained on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” for commemorating the 28th anniversary of the Tiananmen Crackdown. She is suffering from glaucoma but has not been given proper treatment. Eight others were also detained for the same charge.

June 21, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Prison Sentence And Fine Upheld For Journalist (United Arab Emirates: UA 112.16)

The Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), upheld the conviction and sentence of Tayseer Salman al-Najjar on 19 June. The Jordanian poet and journalist was arrested on 15 December 2015 and is serving a three-year prison sentence for comments he posted on Facebook that were “damaging [to] the reputation and prestige of the Emirati state”. He is a prisoner of conscience.