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.
Family of eight has no home and no support. Read about them; you will not forget them. Defend International urges the governments to protect vulnerable groups from neglect, domestic violence, harassment, exploitation and abuse.
Thousands of civilians were unable to return to their homes in Gaza strip. Defend International urged the Israeli, Palestinian and the Egyptian authorities, as well as Hamas leadership in Gaza to do whatever it took to spare civilian lives. In July 2007, an agreement was reached and soon Rafah crossing was re-opened.
The Syrian Minister of Agriculture has issued a decree to distribute around 14.000 decares of agricultural land, located in the predominantly Kurdish areas to 150 families from South Abdulaziz Mountains. This “Ethnic belt” is a real humanitarian catastrophe and will have disastrous consequences.