The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children has released a new report on “Protecting children affected by armed violence in the community,” in which it is stated that armed violence in the community compromises children’s rights and is associated with serious risks for their development and safety, causing children to be injured, disabled, exploited, imprisoned and at times killed.
Defend International coordinator in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Mr. Zar Ali khan Afridi, has issued a brief report on violations of human rights in FATA, where the residents are by law deprived of three basic human rights namely, (1) appeal, (2) wakeel and (3) daleel.
Defend International condemned the decision taken by the government of Pakistan to put the renowned journalist, Mr. Cyril Almeida, on the Exit Control List and called on the authorities to refrain from imposing any restrictions on media freedom.
Dr. Widad Akreyi extended her gratitude to Ms. Rachael Harder, Member of Parliament for Lethbridge, for supporting the Yazidis and asking the Canadian government to acknowledge the heinous acts committed by ISIS against the Yazidis and others as genocide.
On the occasion of the World Day Against Child Labour, Defend International condemns the exploitation of Syrian refugee children in Turkey and calls on the authorities to provide refugee children with the opportunity to attend public schools that are suited to their needs.