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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November 17, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Chechen Asylum-Seeker Feared Disappeared (Russian Federation: UA 254.17)

Chechen asylum-seeker Imran Salamov, who was forcibly returned to Russia from Belarus on 5 September, may have been subjected to an enforced disappearance. Although his lawyer and wife met with him at the City Police Headquarters in Grozny on 11 September, all subsequent efforts to locate him have failed and the authorities have recently claimed that he is not in their custody. There are serious concerns for his welfare.

November 17, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Rights Lawyer Abused And At Risk Of Torture (China: UA 227.17)

Li Yuhan, a sixty-year-old human rights lawyer, has been formally arrested for “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”. She has suffered physical abuse while in detention and is at risk of further torture and other ill-treatment.

November 16, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! Execution Called Off In Death Chamber (USA: UA 247.17)

The execution of Alva Campbell was called off on 15 November after the execution team was unable to find a viable vein for the lethal injection. The governor has set a new execution date of 5 June 2019, by which time Alva Campbell would be 71 years old. Alva Campbell was convicted in 1998 of … Continued

November 16, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Nubian Activists Face Up To Five Years In Prison (Egypt: UA 249.17)

32 Nubian activists who were referred to the State Security Emergency Court on 13 November, were released pending trial by a court order on 15 November. The trial has been adjourned to 12 December. If convicted, they could face up to five years in prison.

November 15, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Mother And Child At Risk Of Forcible Return (China: UA 253.17)

Lee Su-jung (name being used in China, aged 24) and her son (aged 4) are currently in detention in Shenyang, China, along with 8 other North Koreans. If forcibly returned, they are at risk of persecution or other serious human rights violations, such as arbitrary detention, torture or other ill-treatment and possibly execution.

November 14, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: 30 Relatives Of Uighur Activist Arbitrarily Detained (China: UA 251.17)

Chinese authorities have detained up to 30 relatives of Uighur human rights activist Rebiya Kadeer, who currently lives in the United States. Among the detained are Kadeer’s sisters, brothers, sons, grandchildren and extended relatives. It is unclear when they were taken away, and they are presumed to be arbitrarily detained at an “education centre”. They are at high risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

November 14, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Nevada Execution Delayed but Still Pursued (USA: UA 250.17)

A judge stayed Nevada’s first execution in over 11 years, scheduled for 14 November, due to concerns about the lethal injection protocol. The state had asked for the stay to allow it to appeal her order to remove one of the drugs from the protocol.

November 14, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Santiago Maldonado Found Dead (Argentina: UA 191.17)

We have received updated information regarding this case and require no further action from the Urgent Action Network. Thank you to all those who sent appeals. For more information about this case, please see the Word/PDF attachments below or email [email protected] ADDITIONAL RESOURCES READ THE FULL URGENT ACTION: Word or PDF GET INSPIRED: Read about … Continued

November 13, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Bangladeshi Academic Whereabouts Unknown (Bangladesh: UA 252.17)

Mubashar Hasan, a prominent Bangladeshi academic, has not been seen or heard from since 7 November and may have been subject to an enforced disappearance.

November 10, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Forcibly Returned Activist At Greater Torture Risk (China: UA 259.15)

Without any notification to his family, Dong Guangping has been moved to a new detention centre. Held incommunicado without trial since his forced return from Thailand in 2015, there is even greater concern following his relocation that any trial would be unfair and he is at risk of torture.