Defend International supported the International Poetry Prize Castello Di Duino and encouraged its members to participate if they met the qualifications of the conditions of participation as specified in the announcement received from Professor Gabriella Valera Gruber.
DI co-founder Dr. Widad traveled to New York City to attend the United Nations 62nd General Assembly. She took part in numerous bilateral and multilateral meetings with government delegates as part of her participation in the UN First Committee.
In light of continuing reports of human rights violations in Syria, Defend International (DI) launchs its new campaign in which DI urges the Syrian authorities to comply strictly with international human rights law and to respect freedom of opinion, expression, demonstration, assembly and association.
A group of youth from Karzakan province were arrested in Bahrain and there were claims of physical attacks or ill-treatment. In October 2007, DI launched a campaign in collaboration with Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights, urging Bahrain’s Minister of Interior to release them immediately. On 1 November 2007, the Bahraini authorities released them .
In July 2007, authors Mr. Ibrahim Mostafa and Mr. Adnan Sheikh Bozan were arrested in Syria. In August, Defend International launched an urgent action, calling on the authorities to release them unless they were charged with a recognizable criminal offence. In October, they were released.