Political activist and blogger Darya Poliudova has been sentenced to two years’ behind bars simply for speaking out against her county’s actions in Ukraine. Demand an end to Darya’s persecution.
Devastating air strikes, led by Saudi Arabia, have killed thousands of Yemeni civilians and destroyed homes, schools and hospitals. Meanwhile, the UK government has been providing weapons to those committing these horrific war crimes. Demand the UK stops selling arms being used in human rights abuses.
Fleeing war and persecution, people are forced to take grave risks, often in the hands of people smugglers – all in the hope of finding a safe place to be a family again. It doesn’t have to be this way. Tell the UK government to help refugees travel safely to be reunited with their families.
Natalya Sharina, director of the Library of Ukrainian Literature in Moscow, was arrested in October after police raided her home and workplace looking for ‘extremist literature’.
After they allegedly found work by a banned writer, Natalya was forced to spend two nights in a prison cell and facing up to five years in jail.
Ashraf Fayadh, a Palestinian poet and artist who lives in Saudi Arabia, has been sentenced to death for ‘apostasy’. The Saudi Arabian authorities claim that his poetry has questioned religion and spread atheism.
Ashraf has committed no crime. He is a prisoner of conscience. Ask the Saudi Arabian authorities to free him now.
Ireland has one of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws. Seeking a termination even on grounds of rape, incest, or where the foetus won’t survive could get you 14 years in prison.
Ireland is violating the fundamental rights of its women and girls. Ask Ireland’s Prime Minister to decriminalise abortion.
Palestinian circus performer Mohammad Faisal Abu Sakha has been held by the Israeli military without any contact with his family since late last year. He hasn’t been charged with a crime and the authorities refuse to give a reason for his detention. Demand justice now.
The release of a damning US report on CIA torture in 2014 revealed how they used waterboarding, mock executions, sleep deprivation, stress positions and other cruel and degrading treatment against detainees.
But we still don’t know how deeply the UK was involved. Demand the UK government investigates the truth.
Héléne didn’t know contraception existed until she already had three children – aged 22.
Women and girls have the right to make decisions about their own bodies and lives, but that's not the reality in Burkina Faso. Ask the president to make it happen.
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