Congratulations to our colleagues at A World at School for their success with the #UpForSchool Petition which demands a world where every child can go to school and learn. Today Dr. Widad Akrawi mailed a letter to DI network asking them to sign the petition.
While Defend International welcomed the release of two British journalists who were charged earlier this week with “aiding a terrorist organisation,” it raised deep concerns about the erosion of press freedom in Turkey. With the latest wave of arrests and firing of journalists, DI continues to call on Turkey to allow freedom of expression and the right of media to operate without any form of censorship.
People across the world will be taking a moment of prayer or silence to remember Aylan Kurdi, his brother, his mother, their loved-ones, 1000s of children who have lost their lives fleeing armed conflicts and over 2,500 refugees who have died this summer attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.
Defend International condemned the executions of two Kurdish political activists, both convicted of being “mohareb,” enemies of God. They were tortured, denied fair trails, and forced to ‘confess’ under duress. Thus, the Iranian authorities are guilty of acts of cruelty that are in violation of international law.
Defend International is deeply concerned that the prominent Turkish newspaper columnist Mr. Kadri Gursel has been sacked from his position over a social media post, in which he reportedly criticised Turkey’s President.
DI President Dr. Widad Akrawi urged the Turkish authorities to ensure that Mr. Gursel and his colleagues are able to carry out their work under safe conditions, without hindrance, harassment or intimidation.