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DI Calls For An End To FGM

Today is the International Day of Zero Tolerance of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). I would like to reiterate my call for an end to this harmful practice. We, in Defend International, reite...
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Dr Akrawi Awarded For Bridging Gap Between Civilizations

Dr. Widad Akrawi, President of Defend International, has been awarded by the National Organization for Future Generations, based in Algeria, to thank her for being a passionate advocate of bridgin...
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DI 2013: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

Defend International has joined over 5,000 NGOs from over 150 countries around the globe to mark the 16 Days of Activisim Against Gender Based Violence, which starts on November 25 and ends on Dece...
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DI Reiterates its Commitment Towards a Global Ban on Use of Cluster Munitions

Defend International marks the 5th anniversary of the Convention on Cluster Munitions Signing Conference in Oslo by having candle-lit vigils spilling "CCM 5" in Oslo and throughout the MENA region. C...
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DI Celebrated Norwegian Women's Suffrage Centenary

A delegation of Defend International attended the International Conference: Women, Power and Politics - The Road to Sustainable Democracy at the Radisson Blue Scandinavia Hotel on ...
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Dr. Akrawi Advocates for Peaceful Solution to Syrian Crisis PDF Print E-mail
Written by DI Media Committee   
Friday, 01 November 2013
Dr. Widad Akrawi
Dr. Widad Akrawi
Defend International President Dr. Widad Akrawi believes that the only light at the end of the Syrian tunnel is to give peace a chance. In an interview with the Iranian journalist Mr. Kourosh Ziabari, she called on the international community to assist this population in this time of need, urging "countries to help all communities in Syria so that they can engage in a constructive dialogue that would hopefully resolve the conflict peacefully, leading ultimately to reconciliation and real reforms."
Last Updated ( Saturday, 16 November 2013 )
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Turkey: The Rights of Prisoners on Hunger Strike Must be Respected PDF Print E-mail
Written by DI Monitoring & Investigation Committee   
Thursday, 25 October 2012

Art work of DI member Kane Alan
Art work of DI member Kane Alan
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 racial discrimination while the Turkish authorities continue to deny the prisoners access to qualified medical care. DI urges the authorities to provide the prisoners access to qualified medical care, and anyone in serious condition must be referred instantly to a hospital where the necessary treatment should begin promptly.

 

 Also on this page, read parts of the speech delivered by Mr. William Nygaard, from the Norwegian PEN, following his recent visit to Silivri Prison in Turkey. You can also be directed to Norway's largest newspaper, Aften Posten, to read an article written by Mr. Nygaard and Mr. Eugene Schoulgin from the PEN International, entitled: The Lawless Turkey: Violations of Common Legal Practice and the Crackdown on Freedom of Speech Continues Reaching New Heights in Turkey. 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 November 2013 )
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Syria: Prominent Writer Mr. Mustafa Ismail Released PDF Print E-mail
Written by DI Campagin Team   
Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Art work of DI member Kane Alan
Art work of DI member Kane Alan
 The arbitrary detention of DI member Mr. Mustafa Ismail in Syria in 2009 had caused great concern among our members worldwide.

DI promoted a joint action against the authorities' oppression on human rights supporters and called on the authorities for Mr. Ismail's immediate and unconditional release. On June 2, 2011, he was released and welcomed home by his wife, children, and friends.


Last Updated ( Friday, 24 June 2011 )
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Syria: Arbitrary Detention of Leading Human Rights Activist PDF Print E-mail
Written by DI Campagin Team   
Monday, 19 April 2010

 Mr. Abdul-Hafiz Abdul Al-Rahman
Mr. Abdul-Hafiz Abdul Al-Rahman
Defend International (DI) has been informed by reliable sources of the case of Mr. Abdul-Hafiz Abdul Al-Rahman, a leading human rights activist in Syria.

DI believes that he is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for his peaceful human right activities.

 

Last Updated ( Monday, 19 April 2010 )
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Iran: The Execution of Mr. Hossein Khezri PDF Print E-mail
Written by DI Monitoring & Investigation Committee   
Monday, 12 April 2010

Mr. Hossein Khezri
Mr. Hossein Khezri
Defend International was informed by reliable sources that Mr. Hossein Khezri, a Kurdish political activist was at imminent risk of execution on 14 April 2010. He was accused of being a mohareb ("enemy of God") and "endangering state security".

 


Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 April 2012 )
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Syria: Excessive Use of Force by Security Forces during Newroz Festivities PDF Print E-mail
Written by DI Monitoring & Investigation Committee   
Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Kurdish youth Mohammed Omar was killed by shots fired by Syrian security forces on 21 March 2010
The Kurdish youth Mohammed Omar was killed by shots fired by Syrian security forces on 21 March 2010

Defend International condemns the killing of three Kurdish youth by Syrian security forces in the city of Ar-raqqah during the 2010 celebrations of Newroz.

The Syrian government must stop the cycle of violence perpetrated by members of the security forces who are supposed to be protecting ALL civilians.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 24 March 2010 )
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Iran: 2nd Urgent Action: Stop the Execution of 22 Political Activists PDF Print E-mail
Written by DI Monitoring & Investigation Committee   
Wednesday, 09 December 2009

DI: No To Death Penalty
DI: No To Death Penalty
The use of the death penalty has increased at an alarming rate in Iran over the past several years. DI has called on the Iranian authorities to stop the execution of 22 Kurdish political activists on death row.

Unfortunately, five prisoners were executed on 9 May 2010 and another one on 26 October 2013. 

DI affirms the necessity for an immediate intervention by the United Nations and the international community in order to halt these scheduled executions.

Last Updated ( Friday, 29 November 2013 )
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Syria: Prisoners on Hunger Strike in Adra Prison PDF Print E-mail
Written by DI Monitoring & Investigation Committee   
Friday, 27 November 2009

Prisoners on Hunger Strike
Prisoners on Hunger Strike
Defend International (DI) is alarmed by reports that several Kurdish political prisoners have started a hunger strike to protest prison conditions, unfair trial practices and racial discrimination.

 

DI has contacted the International Committee of the Red Cross, High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, seeking their urgent intervention in this matter.

 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 December 2009 )
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