Defend International welcomes the abolishment of FATA Education Rationalisation Policy and encourages the Pakistani authorities to increase their commitment to respecting the right to education, which implies that any measures that may hinder or prevent children from accessing education must be avoided.
As a member of the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC), we are pleased to celebrate its success in 2016 and we would like to state that we will continue to support their efforts in 2017.
Defend International condemned the decision taken by the government of Pakistan to put the renowned journalist, Mr. Cyril Almeida, on the Exit Control List and called on the authorities to refrain from imposing any restrictions on media freedom.
Last year, ISIS issued a “price list” for Yazidi and Christian females. Defend International Team immediately verified its authenticity and DI co-founder posted it on twitter. The same document has now been confirmed genuine by the UN’s Representative on Sexual Violence.
Defend International reached out to Yazidi refugees in Kurdistan region, Iraq, providing humanitarian aid and relief to those affected by the current conflict in the region. Thanks to our donors and sponsors!
Dr. Widad was awarded the 2014 International Pfeffer Peace Award for her worldwide work for peace and justice. Listed as the first Scandinavian citizen, the third European citizen and the first Kurd to receive a Pfeffer Peace Prize, she dedicated her award to the Yazidis, the Christians, and residents of Kobane.