Sep 30 2016 12:37PM
Boris urgently needs to put Nazanin and Kamal on his agenda
When Boris Johnson steps up to the mic at the Conservative Party Conference on Sunday, it will be the first time he’s set out his stall as Foreign Secretary to the party membership since he was appointed to the role back in July. Boris...
Jul 12 2016 12:00AM
100 days in detention: Nazanin still jailed in Iran without reason
Today marks 100 days since British-Iranian charity worker Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe was arrested at Tehran’s airport as she prepared to fly home to the UK with her young daughter. She’s been detained ever since. One hundred days separa...
Feb 4 2016 11:45AM
The journalists facing prison in Egypt
Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, known as 'Shawkan', is facing imprisonment for documenting Egyptian security forces crushing a mass sit-in in Cairo, for British photo agency Demotix. He will be tried on 26 March in Cairo. Th...
May 22 2014 9:20AM
Stopping Torture – one Urgent Action at a time
Amnesty has a long history of campaigning for the eradication of torture worldwide – so much so that we won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977. Since Amnesty’s creation, we’ve worked on behalf of individuals who are victims of torture, or w...
Feb 25 2014 2:21PM
Everyday people but not everyday abuses
Sometimes a case comes along that stops you in your tracks. This happened when I read about the forced sterilisation of indigenous women in Peru. Last month the Public Prosecutor’s office closed the case of thousands of Indigenous wome...
Feb 11 2014 3:50PM
Continue writing: every letter matters
Back in December I was lucky enough to meet Russian human rights lawyer Rustam Matsev. Rustam had spent the last few months studying in London and approached Amnesty before he was due to leave, asking us if there was anything he could...
Nov 12 2013 8:41AM
Everyone, everywhere: Why our mass Urgent Action for Dominican citizens needs you
Back in 2006, we issued what must be our biggest urgent action ever: ‘ victims of human rights violations in all countries ’. A little vague, you might think. But at that point, the US could have stalled the creation of the UN Human Ri...
Nov 5 2013 1:05PM
When will there be good news?
I’m often asked if we have any good news updates, or success stories. Quite rightly, we are constantly looking for proof that what we are doing works, and that ‘good’ will come of our letter writing. Over the years, my reply has tended...
Sep 27 2013 1:31PM
You wait ages for a release...
....and then two come at once! We've had some fantastic news on two of our long-term cases in the recent weeks. Shi Tao - China Great news! Journalist and poet Shi Tao was released on 23 August 2013. Shi Tao served eight years and nine...
Mar 8 2012 5:13PM
Good news for International Women's Day!
The Individuals at Risk team have been working for a few years now on the case of Inés Fernández Ortega and Valentina Rosendo Cantú - two indigenous women who were raped by Mexican soldiers in separate attacks in 2002. You can read mor...
Feb 14 2012 2:33PM
GOOD NEWS! Port Harcourt eviction halted
The demolition of the Railway Compound in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, was halted by the authorities after a strong protest from the community and pressure from local non-governmental organisations and Amnesty International. Thank you very...
Feb 10 2012 2:59PM
Action: Hundreds at risk of forced eviction in Nigeria
We've just received the worrying news about an imminent forced eviction happening in Nigeria. Hundreds of people in the Railway Compound community in Port Harcourt are facing imminent forced eviction from their homes after the governor...
Feb 10 2012 2:34PM
END ACTION: SCREENING POSTPONED AS BLOGGER DENIED EXIT (1st Update on UA 38/12)
CUBA Yoani Sánchez (f) Following the Cuban authorities´ refusal to grant Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez permission to travel to Brazil to attend a documentary screening on freedom of expression, the documentary-maker has decided to postpo...
Feb 9 2012 3:16PM
Action: Cuban blogger denied exit from country (UA 38/12)
Hi again, since issuing this Urgent Action yesterday, we have heard that Yoani has received hundreds of messages of solidarity from across the world. You can see what she said on Twitter Yoani Sánchez @ yoanisanchez # cuba Me han llega...
Jan 23 2012 6:23PM
Welcome to the Urgent Action blog
Hello and welcome to the Urgent Action Network blog! This blog is run by the Urgent Action team volunteers and staff in Individuals at Risk team and we hope it will be somewhere you will come back to again and again to take action, rea...