Defend International is deeply concerned that the prominent Turkish newspaper columnist Mr. Kadri Gursel has been sacked from his position over a social media post, in which he reportedly criticised Turkey’s President. DI co-founder urged the Turkish authorities to ensure that Mr. Gursel and his colleagues are able to carry out their work under safe conditions, without hindrance, harassment or intimidation.
Defend International strongly condemns the Paris terrorist attacks and stands in solidarity with France in this terrible time of mourning. DI is launching a new campaign titled “Save Free World: Ensure Security of Civilians,” to raise awareness about the new reality in the world and urge the authorities to act immediately to ensure the safety and security of citizens in all countries.
Defend International launches the worldwide campaign “Save The Yazidis: The World Has To Act Now” to raise awareness about the tragedy of the Yazidis and the humanitarian emergency that continues to unfold.
DI is alarmed over the humanitarian tragedy in Iraq and urges the international community to intervene with urgency. “Militants seem to be involved in acts that may constitute crimes against humanity and/or crimes against human diversity, and such acts must be investigated immediately” said Dr. Widad.
Today is the first-ever UN World Day against Human Trafficking. A day to show your solidarity. Defend International urges its members, supporters and friends to give hope to victims of human trafficking! We need you to join #igivehope campaign to give voice to the voiceless!
Defend International is launching the campaign Clean Cooking Solutions in the MENA region to raise awareness among women and girls in the Middle East and North Africa region about the dangers of relying on inefficient cookstoves and fuels that have a huge impact on human health in the region.
Defend International is a partner of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a public-private initiative led by the United Nations Foundation to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women and preserve the environment by creating a thriving global market for clean cooking solutions.
Dr. Widad has called on the international community to assist the Syrian population in this time of need, urging “countries to help all communities in Syria so that they can engage in a constructive dialogue that would hopefully resolve the conflict peacefully, leading ultimately to reconciliation and real reforms.”