Dr. Widad Akreyi, a multiple award-winner for her human rights activities and co-founder of Defend International, welcomes the opening of the first Armenian church in Erbil and asks regional leaders to respect the rights of Christians in the MENA region and protect them from religious persecution.
Dr. Widad Akreyi, co-founder of Defend International, urges world leaders to help put an end to the ongoing campaign of Turkization and Arabization in Afrin, to pressure Turkey to immediately pull out of the Kurdish province and to vow that justice will be served.
Turn up the love and turn down guns! Defend International is asking its members and friends to join the Gun Free Valentine Campaign that will take place from February 14th to March 8th.
Defend International has launched the worldwide campaign “Save Afrin: The World Has To Act Now” to raise awareness about the humanitarian crisis that threatens the residents and refugees alike.
Defend International is concerned about reports of the excessive use of force against demonstrators and calls on Iranian authorities to respect their demands and protect their physical and psychological integrity. Furthermore, we call on world leaders and NGOs to support the protesters and echo our calls to the Iranian authorities.
Defend International is alarmed over the humanitarian crisis in Kurdistan region and Iraq and urges the international community to intervene with urgency. “The displaced familis are currently scattered in villages, towns and camps with no sufficient humanitarian assistance available,” noted Dr. Widad Akreyi, co-founder of Defend International.
Dr. Widad has released a new statement, in which she calls on “world leaders to step up efforts to recognize the current genocide and to include the atrocities against the residents of Kobane and all persecuted religious and ethnic minorities in the Middle East.”