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Urgent Action Gruppe Berlin


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We are Amnesty's Urgent Action group in Berlin. We are a group dedicated to writing and sending urgent action letters (mostly in English) to prevent and protest grave human rights violations as fast as possible.

Us writing letters

We hope you'll find the information on the following pages interesting and informative - perhaps even so interesting that you'd like to join us?!!

How does it work?

Urgent action is based on a simple idea: when someone is in immediate danger of serious abuse, the legal body responsible (often a government) for perpetrating or failing to prevent that abuse will receive thousands of faxes, emails and letters from every part of the globe. Those messages tell the responsible paty that the world is watching, and create pressure to stop the abuse.

The network issues about 400 new cases and up to 300 updates each year, addressing not only torture but also death threats, the death penalty, 'enforced disappearance', forced repatriation, extrajudicial execution, secret detention, forced evictions and a range of other grave human rights violations.

Some critical human rights situations require a particularly quick response from our supporters around the world. In those emergency situations, which may be caused by armed conflict or other humanitarian emergencies, Amnesty International activates its Crisis Action Network.

How does Urgent Action writing work? Please watch this 1 minute clip (in German) Wie gewöhnliche Menschen etwas Außergewöhnliches leisten and please see the success stories page.

King as pen-pal?

Everyone can learn how to write polite letters. Navigate to the urgent actions page and get a first glance at how we convert background information into a fast help appeal.

Amnesty International's Urgent Action Network is made up of 150,000 people around the world with diverse backgrounds who are outraged by injustice and prepared to act swiftly at critical moments to stop it.

For more than 35 years, the network has protected people from torture and ill-treatment, obtained the release of people who were wrongly - and sometimes secretly - detained, and secured access to medical treatment or legal counsel for prisoners. Sometimes it has even saved lives.

40 years of urgent action letter writing

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Here is a nice article about the invention in 1973 of this action type

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