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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September 18, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Chinese Rights Defender Faces 15 Years in Jail (China: UA 235.17)

Zhen Jianghua reportedly stood trial over the charge of “inciting subversion of state power” on 10 August. With no access to family and lawyers of his choice, the human rights defender is at risk of torture and unfair trial.

September 17, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Students Released but Still Facing Charges (Turkey: UA 131.18)

An Ankara court has ordered the release on bail of four students from the Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) in Turkey. They had been detained for more than a month for ‘insulting the President’ over a banner displaying a caricature of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. They face up to four years in prison if found guilty. The first hearing of the trial will be held on 22 October.

September 17, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! – Chechen Asylum-Seeker Acquitted of All Charges (Russian Federation: UA 254.17)

Chechen asylum-seeker Imran Salamov, who was forcibly returned to Russia from Belarus on 5 September 2017, has been acquitted of all charges. The prosecutor appealed against the acquittal but his appeal was rejected by the Supreme Court and Imran was allowed to go home. His wife and lawyer thanked Amnesty and all those who sent appeals and supported his case which, they claim, helped them very much.

September 17, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Nebraska Conducts First Execution Since 1997 (USA: UA 136.18)

The US state of Nebraska carried out its first execution in 21 years on 14 August, and the first by lethal injection. The 60-year-old prisoner, Carey Dean Moore, had been on death row for nearly four decades. He did not seek clemency and had given up his appeals.

September 17, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! – All 14 Charges Against Political Activist Dropped (Malaysia: UA 238.15)

Khalid Mohd Ismath, former prisoner of conscience, has had all charges against him dropped. Arrested on 13 October 2015 and released on bail later that same month, Khalid Mohd Ismath has faced court proceedings, including hearings that were often postponed, for nearly three years. Following the good news, no further action is required.

September 14, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: 18 Months in Prison for Mosque Noise Complaint (Indonesia: UA 161.18)

Meliana, an ethnic Chinese Buddhist woman, has been convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to 18 months in prison for complaining about the loudspeaker volume at a local mosque. Amnesty International considers her a prisoner of conscience who must be immediately and unconditionally released.

September 14, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Istanbul Vigils Must be Allowed to Take Place (Turkey: UA 162.18)

On 25 August, police in Istanbul used unnecessary and excessive force to disperse people taking part in a longstanding weekly peaceful vigil. The authorities must ensure that future vigils, including the next one planned for 1 September, are allowed to take place.

September 14, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Businessman Arbitrarily Detained for 4 Months (South Sudan: UA 159.18)

Kerbino Agok Wol, a South Sudanese businessman and philanthropist, has been languishing in detention since 27 April. He is being held at the National Security Service (NSS) headquarters in Juba. He has been denied access to a lawyer and has not been informed of any charges against him. His health has deteriorated since he was detained, and he has not been given adequate medical care.

September 14, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Activist Arbitrarily Detained (South Sudan: UA 147.18)

Bashir Ahmed Mohamed Babiker, a member of the South Sudanese civil society, was arrested by the National Security Service (NSS) in Yambio on Wednesday 8 August. He is being held at a NSS detention center in Yambio. No charges have been brought against him and he has not had access to a lawyer.

September 14, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Prisoner at Risk of Losing Eyesight (Kazakhstan: UA 157.18)

Kazakhstani activist and blogger, Muratbek Tungishbayev risks losing sight in his left eye due to the penitentiary authorities’ failure to provide him with necessary medical care following surgery he had on his eye. He remains held in pre-trial detention in Almaty, on politically-motivated charges and requires urgent surgery immediately in order to save his sight. Amnesty International considers Muratbek Tungishbayev to be a prisoner of conscience.