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DI Joins "Test Me, Treat Me" DR-TB Manifesto Campaign

Defend International is pleased to inform its members and friends that it has joined the "Test Me, Treat Me" DR-TB Manifesto campaign.   We encourage our members and friends to raise awarene...
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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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Ms. Peters' Analysis on Lessons Learned in Australia About Gun Controls

In a new article published in the Guardian, Ms. Rebecca Peters, Defend International supporter and friend, provided an analysis on the lessons learned in Australia about gun control. "Stricter gu...
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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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Save The Yazidis: The World Has To Act Now PDF Print E-mail
Written by DI Media Committee   
Friday, 05 September 2014

Photo sent by Mr. Mehmet Celik
Photo sent by Mr. Mehmet Celik
Defend International (DI) is hereby announcing the launch of the worldwide campaign "Save The Yazidis: The World Has To Act Now" to raise awareness about the tragedy of the Yazidis (also known as Ezidi and Yezidi*) in Sinjar and the humanitarian emergency that continues to unfold.

"The plight of the Yazidis is a humanitarian tragedy, and we want to make sure that the victims are not forgotten, protected legally, fully assisted and compensated fairly," said Dr. Widad Akrawi, co-founder of Defend International.

 

Last Updated ( Sunday, 14 September 2014 )
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1st UN World Day against Human Trafficking PDF Print E-mail
Written by DI Media Committee   
Wednesday, 30 July 2014

1st UN World Day against Human Trafficking
1st UN World Day against Human Trafficking
Today is the first-ever UN World Day against ‪Human Trafficking. A day to show your solidarity. It is estimated that about 2.5 million people are trapped in modern-day slavery. Defend International urges all its members, supporters and friends to give hope to victims of human trafficking! We need you to join #igivehope campaign to give voice to the voiceless! 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 July 2014 )
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Towards Clean Cooking Solutions in MENA Region: DI Initiative PDF Print E-mail
Written by DI Media Committee   
Monday, 26 May 2014

Media Release
Media Release
Defend International (DI) is pleased to announce the launch of the campaign Clean Cooking Solutions in the MENA region to raise awareness among women and girls in the Middle East and North Africa region about the dangers of relying on inefficient cookstoves and fuels that have a huge impact on human health in the region.

DI is partner of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, an initiative led by the United Nations foundation to mobilize high-level national and donor commitments toward the goal of universal adoption of clean cookstoves and fuels.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 27 May 2014 )
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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 ( Wednesday, 07 May 2014 )
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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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DI & Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Defend International is a partner of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a public-private initiative led by the United Nations Foundation to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women and preserve the environment by creating a thriving global market for clean cooking solutions. Learn more at www.cleancookstoves.org.

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