In July 2007, authors Mr. Ibrahim Mostafa and Mr. Adnan Sheikh Bozan were arrested in Syria. In August, Defend International launched an urgent action, calling on the authorities to release them unless they were charged with a recognizable criminal offence. In October, they were released.
In August 2007, two young Sahrawis were arrested by the Moroccan security forces. DI launched a campaign, urging the Moroccan authorities to release them immediately and unconditionally unless they have been charged with recognizable criminal offences. In September 2007, one of them was released.
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 had raised concern about the safety of Brigadier Nasser Al-Nouba and others who were detained in Southern Yemen, urging the authorities to release them immediately. We are extremely relieved that they have been released.
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.
Defend International had raised its concern about the death sentences on the two Kurdish journalists, Hassanpour and Butimar and lobbied the EU for their support. We are grateful that the EU has stepped forward to support them.