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

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What is the Urgent Action Network?

The concept is simple: Take Action, Change a Life.

Urgent Actions ask our community of volunteers to flood the mailboxes, inboxes, phones and social media of authorities when someone is in imminent danger of human rights violations. Your letters, emails, phone calls, faxes and Tweets have helped to halt executions, support human rights defenders and free prisoners of conscience—people jailed solely for the peaceful expression of their beliefs and identity.

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Messages of Thanks

In many cases, your action on these cases leads to better conditions for prisoners and their eventual release. Those individuals at the center of these Urgent Actions often send their thanks to Amnesty International, citing that these messages serve as a source of hope.

“The reason we could resist the ban and move forward was the international support and solidarity by Amnesty International activists around the world. We could not have gone further without your support” – ODTÜ/Student Organized Pride March in Turkey (UA 83.18)

“My case once again showed how important solidarity and attention are in protecting the freedom of speech and human rights. I admire your noble work and boundless courage, dear activists” – Bobomurod Abdullayev, POC from Uzbekistan (UA 232.17)

“I am very grateful for all the support I received while I was in prison. Life in prison was very difficult and I was treated badly, but the support of those who believed in me made me strong.” – Munther Amira, Palestinian Human Rights Defender (UA 26.18)

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November 24, 2021 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: TEENAGE GIRL DETAINED FOR FACEBOOK POST (Bangladesh: UA 120.21)

Dipti Rani Das, a 17-year-old girl from the Hindu minority community in Bangladesh, was arrested by the police for a Facebook post and has been held at a correction facility for more than a year, since October 28, 2020. Booked under the country’s draconian Digital Security Act on vague charges of “hurting religious sentiment” and “advancing to deteriorate law and order”, she could face up to seven years in jail. She should be released immediately.

November 24, 2021 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Law initiative endangers NGOs, HRDs and media (El Salvador: UA 121.21)

On November 9, 2021, the Minister of the Interior in El Salvador presented the legal initiative “Ley de Agentes Extranjeros”. The proposed law, which would prohibit "foreign agents" from carrying out activities that have "political or other purposes, with the objective of altering public order, or that endanger or threaten national security, social and political stability of the country", will restrict and hinder the operations and activities of civil society organizations working in the defense of human rights and independent journalism. The bill establishes requirements that will have a disproportionate effect in those NGOs that receive funding from abroad. If passed, the law would affect funding, operations, and freedom of association for those who protect human rights in the country and/or disagree with the government.

November 22, 2021 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: UNJUSTLY DETAINED STUDENTS HARSHLY BEATEN (Iran: UA 76.20)

Iranian university students Ali Younesi and Amirhossein Moradi, arbitrarily detained without trial in section 209 of Tehran’s Evin prison since April 10, 2020, are at risk of being convicted in a grossly unfair trial of a spurious charge that carries the death penalty. Ministry of intelligence agents beat them and held them in prolonged solitary confinement in harsh conditions to extract forced “confessions”. They are prisoners of conscience targeted for exercising their right to family life.

November 19, 2021 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: COVID-19 JOURNALIST AT RISK OF DYING IN PRISON (China: UA 170.20)

Citizen journalist Zhang Zhan, who has been on partial hunger strike in protest of her incarceration, is at grave risk of death and her family do not expect her to live through the winter if she is not released on medical grounds. Her family learned on October 14, 2021, through a video call that was cut short by the authorities, that Zhang Zhan had again been restrained for 11 days to prevent the removal of her feeding tube. An intervention that violates the absolute prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment while in detention. The Chinese government must release Zhang Zhan immediately so that she can end her partial hunger strike and receive the appropriate medical treatment she so desperately needs to stay alive.

November 15, 2021 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: STOP DEPORTATION OF HEALTHCARE WORKER (Canada: UA 115.21)

Mamadou Konaté, an immigrant worker from Ivory Coast who has lived in Canada for six years, is at imminent risk of deportation, which has been scheduled for November 19, 2021. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he worked in facilities accompanying vulnerable seniors. He contracted COVID-19 in the workplace. In 2020, the federal and Quebec governments launched programs to give permanent residency to refugee claimants who worked in healthcare services during COVID-19. The programmes are discriminatory against certain healthcare worker roles such as janitorial positions, like Mamadou Konaté. Instead of deporting him, the government should ensure its programmes to regularize health workers during COVID-19 fulfil its obligations towards all immigrant essential workers without discrimination.

November 12, 2021 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: IMMINENT THREAT TO PEACEFUL PROTESTERS IN CUBA (Cuba: UA 88.21)

Civil society groups have called for peaceful protests across Cuba on November 15, 2021, to demand respect for human rights and the release of hundreds of people still imprisoned following the largest public protests seen in decades held this past July 11, 2021. Cuban authorities have historically criminalized dissent, making protesters at risk of arbitrary detention and other human rights violations.

November 10, 2021 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: TWO MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT DETAINED (Eswatini: UA 113.21)

On July 25, 2021, Members of Eswatini Parliament Mduduzi Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube were detained amid a wave of pro-democracy protests and charged under the Suppression of Terrorism Act as well as other trumped-up charges. They have been in arbitrary detention at Mbabane police station ever since. Amnesty International calls on Eswatini authorities to release the two MPs and drop all charges against them.

November 9, 2021 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: SAUDI ARABIA: RELEASE 10 EGYPTIAN NUBIAN MEN (Saudi Arabia: UA )

Ten Egyptian men of the Nubian ethnicity are due to appear for their first hearing before the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh on November 10, 2021. Saudi Arabian authorities have detained them without charge since July 14, 2020, in relation to a peaceful community event they had been planning. At least two of the men are older people and suffer health ailments. Amnesty International urges Saudi Arabian authorities to release all the men immediately.

November 5, 2021 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: UNJUST PRISON TERMS FOR DETAINED DUAL NATIONALS (Iran: 8.21)

Activists German-Iranian Nahid Taghavi and British-Iranian Mehran Raoof have been arbitrarily detained in Tehran’s Evin prison since October 16, 2020, solely for peacefully exercising their human rights. In August 2021, a Revolutionary Court convicted them of national security related charges and sentenced them to 10 years and eight months in prison, following a grossly unfair trial. Nahid Taghavi is suffering chronic back pain and is denied surgery on her spine, which specialist doctors said she urgently requires. Both are prisoners of conscience and must be immediately and unconditionally released.

November 3, 2021 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: UNLAWFUL EXECUTION SET FOR MALAYSIAN NATIONAL (Singapore: UA 109.21)

The authorities of Singapore have set the execution of Malaysian national Nagaenthran K Dharmalingam for November 10, 2021. In violation of international law and standards, he was sentenced to the mandatory death penalty after he was found guilty of transporting 42.72 grams of diamorphine in April 2009. Several medical experts have found him to have borderline intellectual functioning and cognitive deficits, which might have impacted his ability to assess risks and his accounts of the circumstances of the offence.