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Amnesty International is a worldwide human rights movement. It aims to: seek the release of prisoners of conscience; work for fair and prompt trials for all political prisoners; oppose the death penalty and torture of all prisoners; and oppose extrajudicial executions and "disappearances"
I was a member of Amnesty International's Urgent Action (UA) Network, which allows Amnesty International to respond rapidly to reports of human rights violations.
How does the "Urgent Action Network" work?
More than eighty Urgent Action offices worldwide publish and distribute over 1000 actions each year dealing with mistreatment of political detainees, disappearances, death threats and executions.
Urgent Actions contain details of the prisoner and any background information known and will recommend sending faxes, telexes, telegrams and express or airmail letters to the authorities of the country in which the prisoner is detained.
Members of the Network take action on behalf of victims by writing letters of concern and protest as soon as they receive these case-sheets.
Last updated: 6 Nov 2005
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