Certain non-governmental organisations and some international treaty bodies and mechanisms have urgent procedures designed to assist persons who face an imminent risk of torture or ill-treatment, or of other serious violations of human rights.
NGOs undertaking emergency actions:
- Amnesty International has an urgent action network which is aimed to assist persons at risk of torture, death or medical neglect; from an unfair trial, the judicial death penalty or political killing; or from forcible repatriation to a country where someone may be at risk of further human rights abuses. The purpose of Urgent Actions is to rapidly produce an internationally coordinated mass protest, to stop or prevent serious human rights violations. For more information, consult Amnesty International's Urgent Action site.
- The World Organisation against Torture (OMCT) has the capacity to conduct urgent appeals through its SOS-Torture Network. It sends urgent information to NGOs as well as intergovernmental and regional organisations liable to take action and intervene in a situation.
- The Asian Human Rights Commission has an urgent appeals desk that undertakes actions on behalf of persons or groups whose human rights have been violated, and for whom some immediate intervention by people around the world may lead to a remedy or official reaction.
Human Rights mechanisms may also be able to assist, we can advise you on the options and help access them:
United Nations Treaty Body Committees
Other international criminal mechanisms
- International Criminal Court
- Special Court for Sierra Leone
- Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC)
- The European Court of Human Rights
- The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights
- Inter-American Commission/Court of Human Rights
Other United Nations Procedures
- The Special Rapporteur on Torture
- The Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions
- The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention