Use of Nuclear Weapons: No Effective Relief Would Be Possible
Ahead of the international conference on the humanitarian
impact of nuclear weapons that will take place in Oslo on 4-5 March, the
International Committee of the Red Cross is stressing the lack of
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Women Human Rights Defenders: Share your Experiences in Africa!
The Special Rapporteur on
Human Rights Defenders in Africa is seeking input for a report on the
challenges faced by women defenders in Africa and their protection needs. On
this International... Read More ...
OMCT and GMEDIA : Launch of New initiative on Media Empowerment and Torture
The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and GMedia are launching a new initiative aimed at empowering
journalists to report on torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading
treatment... Read More ...
Turkey: The Rights of Prisoners on Hunger Strike Must be Respected
Defend International (DI) is alarmed by reports that hundreds
of Kurdish political prisoners in Turkey have started a hunger strike to
protest prison conditions, unfair trial practices and ... Read More ...
UN: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2011
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has announced that
the 2011 Commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
(IDEP), to be held on 17 Octob... Read More ...
DEFEND INTERNATIONAL (DI) is a non governmental organ working to stop human rights
violations, especially in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). It forms a
worldwide community of DI defenders with members, activists, friends and
subscribers in every part of the world.
Defend International - Defends Human Rights;
Defend International - Promotes Peace and Democracy...
welcomes Kurdish leader call for cease-fire, urges the Turkish authorities not
to waste this historic opportunity, and calls on Scandinavian countries to
take the lead in negotiating a peace deal in Turkey.
"Today, we have a chance to make a difference, not only in the lives and future of the civilians witnessing these steps, but also in the lives of the generations yet to be born," said Defend International President, Ms. Widad Akrawi.
Defend International is calling on UN
negotiators of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to include a legally-binding
provision to prevent armed gender-based violence. This global
call is aimed at maintaining the momentum
created over the last seven years in favor for a strong
and an effective Arms Trade Treaty so that the populations of the UN member state benefit
from the current debate on the scope and objectives
of such a treaty.
Defend International (DI) addressed the UN Fourth Biennial
Meeting of States, in New York to consider the implementation of the Programme
of Action to prevent, combat, and eradicate the illicit trade in small arms and
light weapons in all its aspects, which was held in June 2010. DI speech roused
a lot of attention among member states and civil society organizations.
DI represents the voices and experiences of civil society in
the MENA region.