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.

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July 18, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: GRAVELY ILL DETAINEE SENTENCED TO 7 YEARS IN JAIL (Moldova: UA 111.18)

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 …

July 18, 2018 • Urgent Action

FORMER CHILD SOLDIER JAILED AFTER MEDIA INTERVIEW (Myanmar: UA 132.18)

Former child solider Aung Ko Htwe is serving two years and six months in prison in connection with a media interview he gave about his experiences in the Myanmar military. He faces a further three years in prison after he protested his conviction. He should be immediately and unconditionally released.

July 18, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: SEVEN MEN EXECUTED, SIX OTHERS AT IMMINENT RISK (Japan: UA 213.16)

Seven members of Aum Shinrikyo cult were executed without prior notice on 6 July 2018. The six other men sentenced to death in the same case remain at imminent risk of execution. The pattern against the international law to execute individuals with appeals or other proceedings still pending may continue.

July 17, 2018 • Urgent Action

[Extended Deadline] Urgent Action Update: Russia Must Release Ukrainian Film Director (Russian Federation: UA 170.15)

Ukrainian film director, Oleg Sentsov started a hunger strike on 14 May, calling for the release of ‘all Ukrainian political prisoners’ who are currently being held by the Russian Federation. Oleg Sentsov is serving a 20-year prison sentence following an unfair trial on politically-motivated charges. Amnesty International is calling for his immediate release.

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: STUDENTS DETAINED FOR INSULTING THE PRESIDENT (Turkey: UA 131.18)

Four students from the Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) in Turkey have been detained over a banner containing caricatures of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The students could face up to four years in prison for ‘insulting the president’.

July 16, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: COURT BLOCKS EXECUTION AFTER COMPANY SUES (USA: UA 250.17)

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] MANY THANKS TO ALL WHO SENT APPEALS. NO FURTHER ACTION IS REQUESTED AT PRESENT. ADDITIONAL …

July 16, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: FATE AND WHEREABOUTS OF POLICEMAN UNKNOWN (Belarus: UA 133.18)

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.