We have just hours to act. Tonight, Australian time, Sudanese women’s rights activist Amira Osman Hamed will go on trial.
The charge? ‘Indecent clothing’. Amira was arrested by a policeman after refusing to cover her hair in public.
If found guilty, Amira risks a vicious beating — up to 40 lashes. Not only is this punishment cruel and inhumane, it’s against international law.
Amira is an exceptionally brave woman. She’s well aware of the risks that come with ignoring her country’s strict laws on how women should dress.
Just four years ago, in a case that made headlines around the world, a female journalist in Sudan was fined for wearing trousers. Refusing to pay, she escaped a public beating only after her union offered to cover the fine. 
Amira is relying on people like us — show her she isn’t alone. Amira’s best chance is if the case is dropped before it reaches court. In the hours before the trial begins, let’s flood the Sudanese Justice Minister with thousands of messages demanding just that.
According to Amira, the police officer who arrested her was so shocked to find her hair uncovered, he said “You are not Sudanese. What is your religion?”
In fact, Amira is a proud Muslim. But she believes that women have a right to choose their own clothing, and she prefers to wear her hair in traditional Sudanese braids rather than cover it.
Stand with Amira, and remind the Sudanese Justice Minister that the whole world is watching. Insist that the minister drop the outrageous charges against Amira, abolish flogging as a punishment, and repeal this unjust law.
Crisis Response Coordinator
Amnesty International Australia.
PS. The trial is due to start tonight, Australian time.
We have just hours to protect Amira from possible beating — email the Justice Minister now before the trial starts.
 New York Times ‘Sudan court fines woman for wearing trousers’
 Daily Life ‘She may be flogged for not covering her hair’