Defend International is concerned by the cases of assassination of postgraduates, professors and students in Iraq. These attacks have huge impacts on education, health sectors, media and justice systems, as well as the whole society.
The UN MODEL PROTOCOL FOR DISINTERMENT AND ANALYSIS OF SKELETAL REMAINS
The arbitrary detention of Defend International member Mr. Marawan Al-Ish in Syria has caused great concern among human rights defenders worldwide. DI condemns the authorities’ oppression on human rights supporters and calls for Mr. Marawan’s immediate and unconditional release.
The United Nations Children’s Fund annual report on global child health, The State of World’s Children Report 2008, was released on 22 January 2008. Child survival and primary health care for mothers, newborns and children are “sensitive barometers of a country’s development and wellbeing and as evidence of its priorities and values” says UNICEF.
Defend International has been informed by reliable sources of the case of Mr. Maarof Mullah Ahmed, a leading member of Yeketi Party in Syria. DI believes that he is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for his peaceful political activities.
Defend International urges Moroccan authorities to ensure that investigations and exhumations at mass grave sites in Western Sahara are carried out in line with international guidelines.