Co-founder of Defend International has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth) Peace and Freedom Award for her lifelong commitment to justice and peace. The Most reverend Bishop Thomas Zinkula will present the Award to Dr. Widad on October 22nd in St. Ambrose University’s Christ the King Chapel in Davenport, USA.
Defend International welcomes the abolishment of FATA Education Rationalisation Policy and encourages the Pakistani authorities to increase their commitment to respecting the right to education, which implies that any measures that may hinder or prevent children from accessing education must be avoided.
As a member of the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC), we are pleased to celebrate its success in 2016 and we would like to state that we will continue to support their efforts in 2017.
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.
A “price list” for Yazidi and Christian females was issued last year by the so-called Islamic State’s Office of Money House. Just 24 hours after its release, Defend International Team was able to verify the authenticity of the document and a screenshot was posted on twitter by DI co-founder Dr. Widad, sparking a debate that lasted for almost a year. The same document has now been confirmed as genuine by the UN’s Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sexual Violence in Conflict.