Given that President Erdogan’s crackdown on human rights has paralyzed every aspect of life, Defend International expresses solidarity with those affected, calling on the world leaders to denounce Mr. Erdogan’s move toward authoritarianism and his misuse of the emergency provisions.
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has issued a press release concerning opioid abuse from state prescription drug monitoring programs. The CDC study shows an urgent need for improved prescribing practices.
While Defend International welcomed the release of two British journalists who were charged earlier this week with “aiding a terrorist organisation,” it raised deep concerns about the erosion of press freedom in Turkey. With the latest wave of arrests and firing of journalists, DI continues to call on Turkey to allow freedom of expression and the right of media to operate without any form of censorship.
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.
On 8th November 2014, Mr. Rozh Ahmad, a freelance journalist, interviewed Dr. Widad about the status of human rights in MENA region, the massacre of the Yazidis by the Islamic State, and the current situation in Kobane.