Concern over clear evidence of the constant harassment of the Uzbek authorities’ against human rights defenders. DI calls for his immediate release as his detention is arbitrary as it seems to aim at merely sanctioning his human rights activities.
The ambassador for “Orphans Culture” in Iraq, Mr. Rashid was arrested and threatened. Defend International denounces his arrest and expresses concern for his safety, especially after being subjected to death threats.
Six Ahwazi-Arabs are currently awaiting execution. In a joint campaign, Defend International and Ahwaz Human Rights Organization call on the Iranian authorities to halt their execution.
DI has several times expressed deep concern over the recent upsurge in violence in South Yemen, calling the Yemeni government to ensure the safety of civilians.
In August 2007, two young Sahrawis were arrested by the Moroccan security forces. DI launched a campaign, urging the Moroccan authorities to release them immediately and unconditionally unless they have been charged with recognizable criminal offences. In September 2007, one of them was released.