Although the Kurdish journalists Hasanpour & Butimar are in critical health condition, they have decided to continue their hunger strike. Defend International calls on the authorities to respect their rights and agree to save their lives immediately.
More than two tons of explosives were used in the bloody explosions in Sinjar district recently. The attacks were aimed at intimidate the Ezidis in Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of civilians are in huge danger. “There is no time anymore to postpone coordination between the central government in Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional government to cover the security vacuum in the areas of Sinjar and Mosul,” said Dr. Widad Akrawi. President of Kurdistan region promised to provide protection for Ezidis
According to a new report, almost 200,000 US firearms meant for Iraqi security forces were lost in Iraq. The loss of such quantity of weapons raises concerns that weapons were provided unintentionally to bad actors who might use them to terrorise civilians.
Defend International expresses concern over receiving reports about the health of Mr. Riad Saif, a former independent Syrian MP, who needs treatment outside Syria but is denied a passport. Defend International urges the Syrian authorities to take all steps to ensure that Mr. Saif recieves the medical treatment needed.
Defend International had raised concern about the safety of Brigadier Nasser Al-Nouba and others who were detained in Southern Yemen, urging the authorities to release them immediately. We are extremely relieved that they have been released.