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

How Does It Work?

STEP 1: Sign Up

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STEP 2: Take action

Bulletins specify the case, government officials to contact, their contact information, and suggestions about what to write, say or tweet. Learn more about writing effective letters and emails.

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March 13, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Georgia Execution Set 40 Years After Crimes (USA: UA 55.18)

Carlton Gary, aged 67, is due to be executed in Georgia at 7pm on 15 March after 32 years on death row. He was convicted in 1986 of the murders of three women which the jury was told were part of a series of similar killings committed in 1977 and 1978.

March 12, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Family Seeking Asylum Detained in Berks County (USA: UA 53.18)

Astrid (14) and her father, Arturo (49), have been detained at the Berks County Residential Center in Leesport, Pennsylvania, since 20 February. They are seeking asylum because they fear returning to their home country of Guatemala as Indigenous K’iche. Astrid also fears returning because as a female, she may be subject to gender-based and sexual violence and other serious harm. They must be released pending the result of their asylum claim.

March 12, 2018 • Urgent Action

[EXTENDED DEADLINE] Urgent Action: Two Journalists Face Up to 14 Years in Prison (Myanmar: UA 4.18)

Two journalists are facing up to 14 years in prison in connection with their peaceful journalistic activities. Both men must be immediately and unconditionally released and the charges against them dropped.

March 9, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Health Concerns For Jailed Belarusian Activist (Belarus: UA 54.18)

23-year old Belarusian activist, Dzmitry Paliyenka, is serving a two-year prison sentence for peacefully opposing restrictions on cyclists. He is being exposed to conditions that exacerbate his asthma and denied medical treatment for an untreated wound. He is a prisoner of conscience.

March 9, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Former POC Feared To Be In Detention Again (China: UA 212.17)

The whereabouts of Human Rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng remains a mystery after he has been missing for over three months. Conflicting accounts have emerged as to his exact location and current condition. Given his previous treatment in detention, and without access to a lawyer, he is at high risk of torture or other ill-treatment.

March 9, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Rights Lawyer’s Health Worsens in Jail (China: UA 141.17)

Jailed human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong’s health has deteriorated severely. He continues to be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. The government-appointed defense lawyer and other authorities have refused to share the verdict with his family.

March 9, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! – Cartoonist Released After Charges Dropped (Equatorial Guinea: UA 219.17)

Equatorial Guinean cartoonist and activist, Ramón Esono Ebalé was released from Malabo prison of Black Beach on 7 March. Eight days earlier on 27 February, the charge of ‘counterfeiting money’ against him was dropped after a court hearing in Malabo.

March 8, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: NGO Worker’s Arbitrary Detention Prolonged (Israel/OPT: UA 226.17)

On 5 March, an Israel court confirmed the renewal of the administrative detention of NGO worker Salah Hammouri for a further four months. He is a field researcher for Palestinian NGO Addameer and has been held by Israel without charge or trial since 23 August 2017.

March 7, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Threats Against Environmental Defenders (Peru: UA 51.18)

Alleged land traffickers harass and threaten members of the Save Chaparrí Defense Front of the Chaparrí Ecological Reserve in Peru. The members of the Front fear for their safety.

March 6, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Activist Arrested, Family Suffers Economic Hardship (Indonesia: UA 34.18)

Environmental activist Heri Budiawan, known as Budi Pego, was sentenced to 10 months in prison on 24 January 2018 for “crimes against state security.” The case is currently under appeal in East Java High Court. The arrest of Heri Budiawan has led his family into financial distress, forcing his wife and two daughters to depend on their small farm and support from relatives. Heri Budiawan is a prisoner of conscience and must be immediately and unconditionally released.