More than 1000 participants signed the Congolese Women’s Declaration at the AWID Forum, Cape Town, 15 November 2008.
“We ask all nations across the globe to take note of the holocaust of the millennium which is happening right now in the DRC, with total indifference and lack of concern from the international community. Six million of deaths, two millions internally displaced, thousands of raped women and girls”, the Declaration says.
Young women from civil society organisations are invited to participate in the Women Peacemakers Program (WPP) International Orientation. WPP’s International Orientation is a 6 weeks annual orientation at the IFOR International Secretariat and its Women Peacemakers Program. The deadline for application is 15 December 2008.
Dr. Inge Genefke calls for countries to adopt the convention on torture. Dr. Genefke has devoted her career specifically to the treatment and rehabilitation of victims of torture. she is a great supporter of Defend International and DI members who have been subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
A strong collaborative frame work is in place between Defend International and IANSA to work together promoting common goals and objectives.
Human rights activist and high school teacher Mr. Kamanger like many others is waiting to be executed in Iran. Defend International is publishing his letter, leaked to NGOs, in which he describes torture and other abuses by Iranian detention authorities.