On the occasion of International Human Rights Day, DI member Mr. Zar Ali khan Afridi, executive director of Society for Rights and Development FATA-Pakistan, issued a statement on the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in Pakistan.
On 8th November 2014, Mr. Rozh Ahmad, a freelance journalist, interviewed Dr. Widad Akrawi about the status of human rights in MENA region, the massacre of the Yazidis by the Islamic State, and the current situation in Kobane.
DI is pleased to inform its members and friend of a new article published recently about the talented Edisun band and their generous support of the Yazidis’ plight. “While the World’s Asleep,” a short poetic ballad from rock band Edisun is being shared by DI to raise world awareness about the ongoing persecution of the Yazidis.
Today is the first-ever UN World Day against Human Trafficking. A day to show your solidarity. Defend International urges 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!
Dr. Widad Akrawi, is supporting a global civil society initiative to help strengthen protection for the environment and those who depend on it. “Across the world, the lack of accountability for the harm to the environment and public health caused by conflict and military activities undermines global efforts to help fragile countries recover from armed conflicts,” she said.