Sep 18 2013 3:16PM
Sudan: Woman at risk of flogging for not wearing headscarf
Update: The judge of Jabal Awliya court postponed Amira Osman Hamed’s trial until 4 November. This is to give Sudan’s Attorney General time to consider a written request from her lawyers asking for the charges to be dropped. As of May...
Sep 2 2013 2:27PM
Silenced Iranian blogger on hunger strike
Update 5 September: Hossein has ended his hunger strike due to concern over the health of his mother, who had started her own in support. Reports suggest that Hossein is now critically ill. Hossein's hunger strike has brought the world...
Aug 23 2013 3:12PM
Maldives: rape survivor will not be flogged
This week, we were relieved to hear that a 15 year old girl in the Maldives – who reportedly survived repeated sexual abuse - will be spared the inhumane punishment of flogging for the ‘crime’ of extra-marital sex or ‘fornication’. On...
Aug 14 2013 3:08PM
Blogger and photographer tortured, lawyer held for tweeting about it
In a further attack on free speech, the Bahrain authorities have detained and tortured blogger Mohammad Hassan Sudayf and photographer Hussain Hubail, apparently for sharing information on social networks. Tweet !function(d,s,id){var j...
Aug 1 2013 3:22PM
Raisa freed from psychiatric hospital, thanks to you
Raisa Radchenko, a 70 year old human rights activist and grandmother from the Ukraine, has been released from the psychiatric hospital where she was being forcibly treated. More about this case Raisa’s daughter, Daryna Radchenko, has e...
Jul 23 2013 3:50PM
Free Pussy Riot's Masha and Nadia - parole hearings this week
Update 26/7/13: In a move that confirms the country's slide towards greater suppression of free speech, Nadia Tolokonnikova has been refused parole due to the fact she has not admitted guilt for 'hooliganism'. Her bandmate Maria Alekhi...
Jul 19 2013 2:17PM
Raisa Radchenko: Grandmother. Anti-corruption campaigner. Enforced psychiatric patient.
70-year-old Raisa Radchenko is being held in a psychiatric hospital in Ukraine and forcibly given treatment. She has no history of mental illness, but she does have a long one of causing trouble for the authorities. We think Raisa’s de...
Jul 10 2013 3:11PM
El Salvador: A thank you from Beatriz
In May, thousands of you took action to help Beatriz, co-signing our petition through Pocket Protest, and adding more pressure with our global twitter action. Finally, after months of waiting, Beatriz got the life-saving treatment she...
Jun 26 2013 4:02PM
Stop Vietnam executing 117 prisoners
As I type this, there are still a few hours left of Wednesday 26 June in Vietnam. Those are a final few hours of sanctity for some 117 prisoners on Vietnam’s death row. As of midnight tonight, a new law comes into effect which will mea...
Jun 7 2013 3:06PM
Beatriz is safe at last
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Jun 4 2013 3:47PM
Turkey: end violent repression, allow free expression
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May 8 2013 11:02AM
Good news: women accused of 'sorcery' released
Last month, we asked for your help to release three women being held hostage in Papua New Guinea accused of ‘sorcery’ . We were deeply concerned for their safety, following the beheading days earlier of teacher and women’s rights advoc...
May 2 2013 10:59AM
El Salvador: Woman denied life-saving treatment
Update, 5 June After an agonising 14 week wait, Beatriz has finally had a the life-saving treatment she needed and has had a cesarean section in El Salvador. The foetus apparently was born, as predicted, with large parts of her head an...
Apr 12 2013 1:24PM
Papua New Guinea: Help release women held captive, accused of 'sorcery'
Last week police stood by and watched as Helen Rumbali, a women's rights advocate and former school teacher accused of sorcery, was beheaded in front of her community in Papua New Guinea. Text PAPUA and your full name to 70505 to stop...
Mar 22 2013 3:32PM
Message of thanks from freed Bahrain teacher, Jalila al Salman
Jalila al Salman is former Vice-President of the Bahraini Teaching Union. She was locked up in April 2011 for calling for a teachers’ strike to support growing calls for reform in the country, but released after pressure from Amnesty a...
Mar 19 2013 3:13PM
Save lives and protect human rights - sign up for the Urgent Action Network today
In 1973 Tracy Ulltveit-Moe launched the first ever Urgent Action, on behalf of Professor Luis Rossi. Forty years on, press play to listen to her explain how she came up with the idea, and what happened to Professor Rossi. Inspired by T...
Mar 5 2013 1:51PM
Maldives: 15-year-old rape survivor to be flogged for 'fornication'
Last week, a 15 year old girl who was raped by her stepfather was convicted of ‘fornication’ and sentenced to eight months’ house arrest and 100 lashes. This text action is now closed. Thank you to everyone who added their name to our...
Feb 20 2013 2:23PM
Magamed Abubakarov: lawyer getting death threats by text
Defence lawyer Magamed Abubakarov has been getting anonymous text messages containing death threats. Update: 28 February Good news! The Russian authorities have just opened an investigation into the threats Magamed received earlier thi...
Jan 24 2013 12:47PM
Save Li Yan: denied protection from abuse – now facing execution
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Dec 21 2012 6:42PM
Happy Birthday Pocket Protest
It’s hard to believe, but our SMS action network is one year old! In that time it’s been given a name – Pocket Protest; grown from nothing to almost 20,000 members; and, most importantly, has given us a new way to mobilise supporters t...
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