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.
Several detainees in Southern Yemen were reportedly subjected to torture and other inhumane acts. DI urged the authorities to release them immediately. In August 2007, they were released.
Defend International had raised its concern about the death sentences on the two Kurdish journalists, Hassanpour and Butimar and lobbied the EU for their support. We are grateful that the EU has stepped forward to support them.
About 6,000 Palestinians were stranded in dusty Egyptian towns not able to return to Gaza after the main border crossings were shut down. Defend International called on the concerned parties to agree on how to allow the civilians return back to their homes. DI is glad to hear that an agreement has been reached and it commends its members tireless work for and dedication to justice and peace.
Thousands of civilians were unable to return to their homes in Gaza strip. Defend International urged the Israeli, Palestinian and the Egyptian authorities, as well as Hamas leadership in Gaza to do whatever it took to spare civilian lives. In July 2007, an agreement was reached and soon Rafah crossing was re-opened.