Le Azioni Urgenti

Il programma Azioni Urgenti ha lo scopo di salvare persone che vivono situazioni di emergenza per quanto riguarda i Diritti Umani. Si tratta di un metodo di risposta rapida realizzato per proteggere individui la cui vita o integrità fisica è in pericolo.


Le Azioni Urgenti sono utilizzate per salvare prigionieri che vengono torturati o che corrono il rischio di esserlo, che hanno bisogno di cure mediche o che rischiano l’esecuzione capitale immediata. Vengono attivate nei momenti critici dei processi per tutelare prigionieri politici da trattamenti iniqui, per ritrovare persone “scomparse”, per aiutare richiedenti asilo che, se rinviati al loro paese, rischiano di subire violazioni dei Diritti Umani.


La velocità è vitale. Amnesty International, rilasciando un’Azione Urgente, attiva una rete mondiale di attivisti che inviano messaggi in tempo reale al Governo target. La scheda dell’Azione Urgente contiene tutte le informazioni necessarie: la situazione dettagliata, il testo consigliato per l’appello, gli indirizzi ai quali inviare l’appello e il tempo limite entro il quale concludere l’azione. Sovente si tratta di indirizzi mail e quindi il processo di invio è semplice, economico e richiede un tempo minimo.


Su questa pagina, qui di seguito, puoi trovare alcune Azioni Urgenti rilasciate in questi giorni dalla nostra Organizzazione. Partecipa anche tu: leggi le informazioni e poi invia l’appello. Avvisaci tempestivamente con una mail nel caso ti pervenisse una risposta dalle autorità target.


BELARUS: Nasta Loika

Belarusian human rights defender Nasta Loika has been arbitrarily detained since 6 September on trumped up charges of “petty hooliganism”. She is being denied access to her lawyer, warm clothing, and basic necessities, as well as to the medical care she requires. Nasta Loika is being targeted solely for her human rights activism, and must be immediately released.

CANADA: Stop deportation of healthcare worker

Mamadou Konaté is an immigrant worker from Ivory Coast who is at risk of deportation on 30 September. In 2021, global mobilization by Amnesty International stopped his deportation but the Canadian government has set a new date. Risking his life if returned to Ivory Coast, the Canadian government must not deport him.


Ahmad Manasra, a Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem, has been in solitary confinement in a prison in southern Israel since early November 2021. After his arrest (aged 13) in 2015, he was subjected to ill-treatment and denied the right to a fair trial. He suffers from severe mental health conditions which developed during his detention and worsened in prolonged solitary confinement, which amounts to torture. Court hearings in summer 2022 rejected his appeals to be removed from solitary confinement and be out on parole. His ongoing detention will lead to “irreparable damage” according to independent psychiatrists.

EGYPT: Abdelmoniem Aboulfotoh

Former presidential candidate, founder and president of the political party, Misr Al-Qawia, Abdelmoniem Aboulfotoh, aged 71, has suffered four heart attacks in July and August 2022. He has been arbitrarily detained since 14 February 2018 in Mazraet Tora Prison, Egypt, over unfounded charges in relation to media interviews and sentenced by an emergency court to 15 years imprisonment on 29 May 2022. The Egyptian authorities must grant his immediate and unconditional release.

SAUDI ARABIA: Salma al-Shehab

On 9 August, the Specialized Criminal Court in the Saudi capital, Riyadh sentenced, after a grossly unfair trial, Salma al-Shehab, a Saudi activist and academic from Saudi Arabia’s Shi’a minority to 34 years in prison followed by a 34-year travel ban. She was accused, among other things, to “disturbing public order” for using Twitter and retweeting activists who support women’s rights. The Saudi authorities must immediately and unconditionally release Salma al-Shehab and quash her conviction.

PHILIPPINES: Leila de Lima

On 9 August, the Philippines’ Office of the Ombudsman rejected the bribery complaints against prisoner of conscience and former Senator Leila de Lima, citing inconsistencies in witnesses’ testimonies. This dismissal – which comes months after several witnesses retracted their allegations against Leila in relation to her drug-related charges – adds to growing proof of concerted efforts to persecute her and fabricate evidence against her. We call on the government to urgently and impartially review her remaining charges, with a view to dropping these and ensuring her immediate release.

RUSSIAN FEDERATION: Aleksandra Skochilenko

On 29 July a court extended the pretrial detention of artist Aleksandra Skochilenko until 1 September, following a letter from the Centre for Combating Extremism claiming that Aleksandra Skochilenko is part of a “radical protest feminist group” without providing any evidence. She maintains she had never heard of this group before. Aleksandra Skochilenko was arrested in April and accused of replacing price tags with anti-war information in a supermarket. Despite not having committed any internationally recognized crime, she faces up to 10 years in prison.


On 4 August 2021, Ali Maziad, a Lebanese national residing in Saudi Arabia, was abducted from his house in the capital, Riyadh by a group of men in civilian clothes. The Lebanese Embassy informed his family three months after his disappearance that he is being detained by State Security. Since then, he has been forcibly disappeared and his family has no information about his fate and whereabouts. Amnesty International urges the Saudi Arabian authorities to immediately disclose the fate and whereabouts of Ali Maziad, release him and ensure he has access to medical treatment and legal representation.

IRAN: Jamshid Sharmahd

Iranian authorities have forcibly disappeared and are torturing Jamshid Sharmahd, a 67-year-old German-Iranian political dissident who is at risk of being sentenced to death for “corruption on earth” (efsad-e fel-arz) following a grossly unfair trial. He has been arbitrarily detained and held in solitary confinement since July 2020, but authorities refuse to reveal his location to his family.

YEMEN: Tawfiq al-Mansouri

The health condition of Tawfiq al-Mansouri, one of the four Yemeni journalists detained since 2015 and sentenced to death in April 2020 before the Huthi-run Specialized Criminal Court in Sana’a, Yemen, is severely deteriorating as he has been denied life-saving health care by the Huthi de facto authorities. Amnesty International calls on the Huthi de facto authorities to immediately grant him access to health care. Tawfiq al-Mansouri and the three other journalists detained alongside him, must be released and their convictions and death sentences quashed without delay.


On 15 July, a court in Krasnodar (southern Russia) sentenced Andrei Pivovarov to four years in prison for “carrying out activities of an undesirable organization”, under a law that contravenes Russia’s international human rights obligations. Andrei Pivovarov is a political activist, human rights defender and the former director of Open Russia, an organisation advocating for democracy and human rights. Andrei Pivovarov has committed no internationally recognized crime and has been jailed for exercising his rights to freedom of expression and association. He is appealing his conviction.