Urgent Action Network
When someone is facing immediate and often life-threatening human rights violations, we turn to our Urgent Action Network. Members of the Urgent Action (UA) Network provide an effective and rapid response by sending letters, e-mails, and faxes directly to those who have the power to stop the violations.
Members of our Urgent Action Network make a commitment to write as soon after they receive an urgent action as they possibly can.
We know that if we take action within the first 24-hours that such human rights abuses as death, torture and disappearances are less likely to occur.
New Zealand’s special position
New Zealand members of the Urgent Action Network are uniquely placed to make a difference - and it has everything to do with our timeline. We receive Urgent Actions overnight from our research HQ in London, the International Secretariat, and send them out every morning.
That makes our UA members amongst the first in the world to receive and respond to those appeals.
Making an impact
The good news is that in almost 40% of all urgent actions released by AI there is some level of improvement noted - ranging from release through to medical or legal attention and certainly such important improvement as an end to torture or less likelihood of disappearance.
To take urgent action regularly, please become a member of Amnesty International and sign up to the Urgent Action Network. We'll make sure your voice is heard in calling for real, lasting change for those suffering from human rights abuses.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to join the Urgent Action network.
Hints and Tips
- UA Network Frequently Asked Questions
- Download our Letter-Writing Guide for advice on how to best make your voice heard.
Click here to take action online on our latest actions.
Click here to see other ways you can get involved with Amnesty International New Zealand.