A new UN Security Council resolution on sexual violence is currently being discussed by NGOs, UN member states, and UN agencies. This new resolution is expected to be debated and voted on by the Security Council on 19 June 2008. Defend International President is involved in lobbying and advocacy activities aimed at securing the needed votes to pass the resolution.
The world needs a tough Arms Trade Treaty. Defend International is committed to supporting a robust ATT capable of saving lives and preventing the illicit trade in SALW. The UN Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on a global ATT held its 2nd round of discussions on the scope and parameters of the treaty. The GGE is representing an historical step towards an international instrument to combat the rise in armed violence.
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.