Syrian authorities arrests a 70 years old man, who suffers from health problems and his fate still unknown. Defend International calls upon the authorities to release Mr. Habib immediately and unconditionally unless he is charged with a recognizable criminal offence.
Defend International urges the Tunisian authorities to drop the accusations against Omar Al-Mesteery as he is held solely for his peaceful criticism of the procedures adopted by Lawyer’s syndicate.
Although the Kurdish journalists Hasanpour & Butimar are in critical health condition, they have decided to continue their hunger strike. Defend International calls on the authorities to respect their rights and agree to save their lives immediately.
More than two tons of explosives were used in the bloody explosions in Sinjar district recently. The attacks were aimed at intimidate the Ezidis in Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of civilians are in huge danger. “There is no time anymore to postpone coordination between the central government in Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional government to cover the security vacuum in the areas of Sinjar and Mosul,” said Dr. Widad Akrawi. President of Kurdistan region promised to provide protection for Ezidis
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.
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.