Defend International welcomed the Euskal PEN/Basque PEN initiative, and thanked the Basque Government, its Justice ministry and people of Basque country for their generosity and support to courageous journalists in general and the Kurdish human rights defenders in Iran in particular.
On the occasion of the Global Week of Action Against Gun violence, DI Defender Mr. Adham Tobail held important seminars and meetings in Gaza Strip, in close collaboration with other civil society organisations.
A new UN Security Council resolution on sexual violence is currently being discussed by NGOs, UN member states, and UN agencies. This new resolution is expected to be debated and voted on by the Security Council on 19 June 2008. Defend International President is involved in lobbying and advocacy activities aimed at securing the needed votes to pass the resolution.
From 2-8 June, civil society in Norway and Denmark united with 70 countries around the world marked the Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence. Throughout the week, Defend International highlighted the need for stronger measures to stop the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons.
DI member organisation: Babylon National Human Rights Association held a conference on the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in Iraq. Participants stressed the need to educate and enlighten next generations of the need to build peace rather than conflict between nationalities.
DI member organisation: The Democratic Organization for National Office of Drinking Water has arranged several events on the occasion of 2008 Global Week Of Action Against Gun Violence.