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 16, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER MARKS ONE YEAR IN PRISON (Burundi: 32.18)

Human rights defender and prisoner of conscience Germain Rukuki was arrested one year ago on 13 July 2017. He was sentenced to 32 years in prison on 26 April 2018. In June, he was hospitalised and underwent surgery for injuries sustained in prison. He has since been returned to prison although he requires continued treatment.

July 16, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: MAN AT RISK OF EXTRADITION TO RUSSIA ON 17 JULY (Slovakia: UA 41.18)

Aslan Yandiev is at imminent risk of extradition to Russia. The extradition date has been set for 17 July 2018. If extradited to Russia, Aslan Yandiev would be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

July 16, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: TWO JOURNALISTS CHARGED IN MYANMAR (Myanmar: UA 4.18)

Two journalists who have been detained for more than seven months in Myanmar have been formally charged in connection with their peaceful journalistic activities. They each face up to 14 years in prison. They must be immediately and unconditionally released.

July 16, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: FATE AND WHEREABOUTS OF POLICEMAN UNKNOWN (Belarus: UA 130.18)

Former Chechen policeman Artur Aydamirov, 34, disappeared on 8 June in Brest, Belarus, after learning in early 2018 that he is required to perform military service in Syria. He decided to flee Chechnya with his family. Witnesses saw unidentified men in uniform force Artur Aydamirov into a van and drive away. He has not been seen since and there are grave concerns about his fate.

July 12, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: RELEASE CRITICALLY ILL HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER (Turkmenistan: UA 97.14)

Mansur Mingelov, sentenced to 22 years imprisonment in an unfair trial in retaliation for complaints about torture in police detention, is critically ill with tuberculosis contracted in prison. He must be immediately and unconditionally released.

July 12, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: POLITICIAN FACES 7 TRUMPED UP CRIMINAL CHARGES (Maldives: UA 125.18)

Faris Maumoon, an opposition politician in the Maldives, was sentenced to four months and 24 days in prison for identity fraud, and is facing five other politically motivated criminal charges. Detained for almost a year through unfair trial proceedings, Amnesty International considers Faris Maumoon a prisoner of conscience.

July 12, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! – Environmentalist Conditionally Released (Cuba 109.18)

Prisoner of conscience and environmental activist, Dr. Ariel Ruiz Urquiola, was sentenced in Cuba to one-year imprisonment for contempt. On 3 July he was released with conditions.

July 11, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Administrative Detention Of Lawmaker Renewed Again (Israel/OPT: UA 187.17)

Israel renews, for the second time, the administrative detention, without charge or trial, of female Palestinian leader and lawmaker, Khalida Jarrar for further fourth months.

July 11, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: DETAINED RELIGIOUS TEACHER FACES DEATH PENALTY (Sudan: UA 70.18)

Matar Younis Ali Hussein, a religious teacher who has a visual disability, has been formally charged with three offences under the 1991 Penal Code. Two of the offences put him at risk of facing the death penalty or life imprisonment in Sudan. Matar Younis was arrested on 1 April apparently because of his criticism of the government’s policy in Darfur. He remains at risk of torture and other ill-treatment while in detention.

July 10, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! LIU XIA FREED, ON HER WAY TO BERLIN (China: UA 270.17)

Liu Xia was finally allowed to leave China for Germany on 10 July 2018, after almost eight years of illegal house arrest. Her release came three days before the first anniversary of the death of her husband, Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo. Liu Xia’s brother Liu Hui remains in China.