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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September 19, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Offices Of Human Rights Defenders Attacked (Indonesia: UA 215.17)

Staff of the Indonesian and Jakarta Legal Institutes were threatened by violent ‘anti-communist’ protesters outside their offices. The organizations have since closed due to concerns for the safety of their staff. Indonesian authorities must take action to protect them and ensure that these human rights defenders are able to continue their work.

September 18, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Juror Racism Claim As Execution Draws Near (USA: UA 216.17)

Keith Tharpe is scheduled to be executed in Georgia at 7pm on 26 September. He was sentenced to death for the murder of his sister-in-law in 1990. His appeal lawyers are trying to get back into court to argue that juror racism infected his 1991 trial.

September 18, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Human Rights Defender Facing Two Trials (Zimbabwe: UA 169.19)

Pastor Evan Mawarire, a human rights defender in Zimbabwe, is set to appear before the magistrates’ court on 19 September for the charge of ‘inciting public violence’ and at the High Court on 25 September for the charge of ‘subversion of constitutional elected government’. The two trials are related to his human rights work.

September 18, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Forced Disappearance In Mapuche Community (Argentina: UA 191.17)

National Security Forces violently repressed the Mapuche community Pu Lof en Resistencia, in Chubut, Argentina, and a 28-year-old man was forcibly disappeared.

September 18, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Juvenile Offender At Risk Of Imminent Execution (Saudi Arabia: UA 209.16)

An appeal court has upheld the death sentence against Abdulkareem al-Hawaj, a Shi’a man who was convicted of offences committed when he was 16 years old. The court appears to have based its sentence on forced “confessions.”

September 18, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Trade Unionist In Need Of Medical Care (Iran: UA 306.13)

Iranian trade unionist Reza Shahabi was forced to return to prison on 9 August, prompting him to go on hunger strike in protest. After over 40 days on hunger strike, his health has seriously deteriorated and he is in need of urgent specialized medical care. He is a prisoner of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally.

September 15, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Human Rights Lawyer Must Be Released (Egypt: UA 210.17)

Ibrahim Metwaly, human rights lawyer and co-founder of the Families of the Disappeared in Egypt group, was detained on 10 September while on his way to Geneva to address the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. After being held incommunicado for two days by Egyptian security forces, the Prosecutor has now ordered his detention for a further 15 days, pending investigation.

September 15, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Detained Opposition Activist Denied Lawyer Visits (Sudan: UA 213.17)

Nabil Mohamed El-Niwari, a Sudanese political activist and member of the opposition party Sudan Congress, was arrested by the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) in Khartoum on 5 September. He is currently being held without charge at the NISS detention centre at Kober Prison in Khartoum North. He has been denied access to a lawyer and is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment while in detention.

September 14, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Former Prisoner Of Conscience Detained Again (China: UA 212.17)

Activist and human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng is said to be currently in police custody in Beijing. Last heard from on 13 August 2017, his exact location and current condition remain unclear. Given his previous treatment in detention, and without access to a lawyer, he is at high risk of torture or other ill-treatment.

September 14, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! Religious Minority Leader Released But Still At Risk (Algeria: UA 205.17)

On 13 September the Court of First Instance in Ain Tedles, Algeria convicted and sentenced President of the Ahmadiyya religious community, Mohamed Fali to a 6 month suspended prison term and a fine of 20,000 Algerian dinar. He was released from pre-trial detention on 13 September but remains at risk of further prosecution.