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.
Defend International had raised its concern about the death sentences on the two Kurdish journalists, Hassanpour and Butimar and lobbied the EU for their support. We are grateful that the EU has stepped forward to support them.