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.
Defend International strongly condemns the Paris terrorist attacks and stands in solidarity with France in this terrible time of mourning. DI is launching a new campaign titled “Save Free World: Ensure Security of Civilians,” to raise awareness about the new reality in the world and urge the authorities to act immediately to ensure the safety and security of citizens in all countries.
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.