Dr. Widad has released a new statement, in which she calls on “world leaders to step up efforts to recognize the current genocide and to include the atrocities against the residents of Kobane and all persecuted religious and ethnic minorities in the Middle East.”
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.
Defend International denounces in the strongest possible terms the atrocities committed by the Turkish army against civilian Kurds in the Kurdish provinces. The humanitarian situation is alarming. Citizens are trapped in a war zone, hiding in the basements, holding their breath under the constant noise of shelling, waiting desperately for the world leaders to urge Turkey to end the curfews.
As the World marks the 2015 International Day Against Death Penalty, Defend International announces the launch of the campaign “Towards Abolition of Death Sentence and Enhanced Protection of Human Rights in Iran” to call on the Iranian authorities to review hanging and the human rights situation in light of International Human Rights Law. “On today’s World Day Against the Death Penalty, we urge the Iranian authorities to adopt a complete ban on public hangings and all forms of violence against everybody,” said Dr. Widad, co-founder of Defend International.
Defend International has appealed for the release of two archbishops kidnapped in Syria over two years ago. Co-founder of Defend International, Dr. Widad, appealed today to all governments, parliaments, the United Nations, the International Red Cross, NGOs and all those who uphold the principles of human rights and justice to 1) issue a global call on the kidnappers to release the archbishops unconditionally; and 2) use all means at their disposal to ensure that the archbishops are released as soon as possible.