Defend International expresses concern over receiving reports about the health of Mr. Riad Saif, a former independent Syrian MP, who needs treatment outside Syria but is denied a passport. Defend International urges the Syrian authorities to take all steps to ensure that Mr. Saif recieves the medical treatment needed.
Defend International had raised concern about the safety of Brigadier Nasser Al-Nouba and others who were detained in Southern Yemen, urging the authorities to release them immediately. We are extremely relieved that they have been released.
DI Defender Mr. Na’eem Ali Ibrahim was leading a demonstration in Iraq on behalf of Defend International, calling for the protection of Iraqi lawyers in the city of Karbala. DI to launch a campaign aimed at saving the Iraqi academics from attacks, threats and assassinations.
Ms. Jihan Omar is in critical health condition and has began a hunger strike. Defend International has launched a campaign calling for her release.
Several detainees in Southern Yemen were reportedly subjected to torture and other inhumane acts. DI urged the authorities to release them immediately. In August 2007, they were released.