Defend International condemned the decision taken by the government of Pakistan to put the renowned journalist, Mr. Cyril Almeida, on the Exit Control List and called on the authorities to refrain from imposing any restrictions on media freedom.
Dr. Widad Akreyi extended her gratitude to Ms. Rachael Harder, Member of Parliament for Lethbridge, for supporting the Yazidis and asking the Canadian government to acknowledge the heinous acts committed by ISIS against the Yazidis and others as genocide.
On the occasion of the World Day Against Child Labour, Defend International condemns the exploitation of Syrian refugee children in Turkey and calls on the authorities to provide refugee children with the opportunity to attend public schools that are suited to their needs.
Defend International denounces in the strongest possible terms the atrocities committed by the Turkish army against civilian Kurds in the Kurdish provinces. The humanitarian situation is alarming. Citizens are trapped in a war zone, hiding in the basements, holding their breath under the constant noise of shelling, waiting desperately for the world leaders to urge Turkey to end the curfews.
After a lengthy and difficult review of incidences of violence against children perpetrated in the MENA region during 2015, DI Monitoring Committee agreed to highlight three cases on the impact of gun violence on children in Jordan, Egypt and Iraq.