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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July 12, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: RELEASE CRITICALLY ILL HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER (Turkmenistan: UA 97.14)

Mansur Mingelov, sentenced to 22 years imprisonment in an unfair trial in retaliation for complaints about torture in police detention, is critically ill with tuberculosis contracted in prison. He must be immediately and unconditionally released.

July 12, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: POLITICIAN FACES 7 TRUMPED UP CRIMINAL CHARGES (Maldives: UA 125.18)

Faris Maumoon, an opposition politician in the Maldives, was sentenced to four months and 24 days in prison for identity fraud, and is facing five other politically motivated criminal charges. Detained for almost a year through unfair trial proceedings, Amnesty International considers Faris Maumoon a prisoner of conscience.

July 12, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! – Environmentalist Conditionally Released (Cuba 109.18)

Prisoner of conscience and environmental activist, Dr. Ariel Ruiz Urquiola, was sentenced in Cuba to one-year imprisonment for contempt. On 3 July he was released with conditions.

July 11, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Administrative Detention Of Lawmaker Renewed Again (Israel/OPT: UA 187.17)

Israel renews, for the second time, the administrative detention, without charge or trial, of female Palestinian leader and lawmaker, Khalida Jarrar for further fourth months.

July 11, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: DETAINED RELIGIOUS TEACHER FACES DEATH PENALTY (Sudan: UA 70.18)

Matar Younis Ali Hussein, a religious teacher who has a visual disability, has been formally charged with three offences under the 1991 Penal Code. Two of the offences put him at risk of facing the death penalty or life imprisonment in Sudan. Matar Younis was arrested on 1 April apparently because of his criticism of the government’s policy in Darfur. He remains at risk of torture and other ill-treatment while in detention.

July 10, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! LIU XIA FREED, ON HER WAY TO BERLIN (China: UA 270.17)

Liu Xia was finally allowed to leave China for Germany on 10 July 2018, after almost eight years of illegal house arrest. Her release came three days before the first anniversary of the death of her husband, Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo. Liu Xia’s brother Liu Hui remains in China.

July 9, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: SON OF MURDER VICTIM OPPOSES EXECUTION (USA: UA 130.18)

Christopher Young is due to be executed in Texas on 17 July. He was 21 years old at the time of the murder in 2004 for which he was sentenced to death. The son of the murder victim supports clemency.

July 6, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: HEALTH CONCERNS FOR DETAINED SUDANESE ACTIVIST (Sudan: UA 127.18)

The family of Sudanese activist Husham Ali Mohamed Ali has received disturbing information that he has been injured while in detention. The Sudanese National Intelligence Service (NISS) arrested him upon arrival in Sudan on 29 May. The NISS have not allowed his family and lawyer to visit. Amnesty International considers him to be a prisoner of conscience held solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression.

July 6, 2018 • Urgent Action

SEVEN PEOPLE KILLED IN CAUCA (COLOMBIA: UA 128.18)

Seven bodies, all male, were found piled on a road of the municipality of Argelia, in the southwest region of Cauca, Colombia. The bodies are being identified by authorities as they were presumably not from the municipality. In the past few weeks, paramilitary groups have been circulating pamphlets threatening to kill certain groups of people.

July 6, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: IMPRISONED JOURNALIST GOES ON HUNGER STRIKE (Ukraine: UA 160.17)

Stanislav Aseev, a Ukrainian freelance journalist who the pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk have kept in detention on spurious charges since June 2017, has declared a hunger strike. The de facto authorities claim the journalist committed “espionage”- a trumped up accusation, based solely on his legitimate, peaceful work as a journalist.