Defend International expresses deepest concern regarding the confirmation of the death sentence of Mr. Hasanpoor and Mr. Butimar, as it appears to be directly aimed at sanctioning their activities in favour of human rights.
In February 2008, the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings became legally binding. Dr. Widad welcomed the entry into force of the Convention, noting that this is a major step forward in the fight against this modern form of slavery.
The Commission on the Status of Women, which is dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women, adopted agreed conclusions during its 52nd session.
Defend International is supporting an Arms Trade Treaty to prevent and eradicate the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons. The UN Group of Governmental Experts on a global Arms Trade Treaty held its first session in New York on 11-15 February 2008. The GGE is representing a historical step towards an international instrument to combat the rise in armed violence.
The United Nations Children’s Fund annual report on global child health, The State of World’s Children Report 2008, was released on 22 January 2008. Child survival and primary health care for mothers, newborns and children are “sensitive barometers of a country’s development and wellbeing and as evidence of its priorities and values” says UNICEF.