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?

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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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November 26, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Opposition Youth Leader Still Detained One Year On (Democratic Republic of Congo: UA 197.18)

Opposition youth leader Christian Lumu Lukusa has been in arbitrary detention since 22 November 2017, when he was arrested in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). He was arrested by men believed to be agents of the National Intelligence Agency (Agence Nationale de Renseignements, ANR). Family visits have been restricted and he has not been allowed access to a lawyer.

November 26, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Workers Arrested for Trying to Set Up Trade Union (China: UA 200.18)

Three factory workers and an NGO worker have been arrested for attempting to set up a trade union in China. In addition to restricted access to their lawyers, the four men have been unable to see or communicate with their families since their detention in July 2018. As a result, there are concerns for their well-being and their access to a fair trial.

November 21, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: NGO Worker Prison Visit Denied for Months (China: UA 71.17)

Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-che, the first foreign NGO worker detained after China’s new Foreign NGO Management Law came into effect, has been sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for “subverting state power”. His family is not allowed to see him since the last prison visit on 10 September 2018. His whereabouts remain uncertain.

November 21, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Activists’ Whereabouts Unknown After Arrest (Democratic Republic of Congo: UA 196.18)

Activists Arsene Katolo, Alain Muwaka, Oto Shaminga, Heritier Losomba, Miko Booto, Enoch Muanda and Mwanza are being held incommunicado at an unknown location in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). They were arrested on 11 September in the capital Kinshasa while distributing leaflets against plans to use voting machines in the upcoming elections.

November 15, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: NGOs at Risk of Shut Down (India: UA 194.18)

Amnesty India and Greenpeace India have been targeted by the Government of India in a series of ‘raids’, which appear to be politically motivated. The bank accounts of both organisations have been frozen, effectively stopping their work. This is the latest in the clampdown by Indian authorities to crush civil society in India.

November 15, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Health of Prisoner of Conscience Critical (Viet Nam: UA 195.18)

Nguyễn Văn Túc health is quickly deteriorating to the point where he is fainting on a daily basis, yet the authorities continue to deny him adequate medical treatment and have moved him to a remote prison, making family visits much more difficult. Determined to be a prisoner of conscience, Nguyễn Văn Túc should be immediately and unconditionally released.

November 15, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Acquitted Former Child Soldier Remains Jailed (Myanmar: UA 132.18)

Former child solider Aung Ko Htwe has been acquitted of the latest in a series of charges against him after he gave a media interview about being forcibly recruited by the Myanmar military when he was only 13. Despite this acquittal, he remains in prison serving two years and six months on other politically motivated charges. He should be immediately and unconditionally released.

November 13, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Prison Sentence Upheld for Mosque Noise Complaint (Indonesia: UA 161.18)

The High Court has upheld the 18-month prison sentence for Meliana who was convicted of blasphemy after complaining about the loudspeaker volume at a local mosque. Preparation for an appeal to the Supreme Court is underway. Amnesty International considers her a prisoner of conscience who must be immediately and unconditionally released.

November 12, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: 80-Year-Old Egyptian’s Death Sentence Upheld (Egypt: UA 193.18)

On 24 September 2018, the Court of Cassation upheld the death sentence of Sheikh Abdel Halim Gabreel – an 80-year-old Quran tutor – in one of Egypt’s largest mass trials since 2011.

November 12, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Twelve Men at Imminent Risk of Execution (Saudi Arabia: UA 182.17)

The families of 12 Saudi Arabian men sentenced to death after a grossly unfair mass trial fear that their relatives could be executed imminently, as their cases were transferred from the Specialized Criminal Court (SCC) to the Presidency of State Security.