In spite of increased repression against pro-democracy activists in Syria, a number of prisoners of conscience were released! Jihan Omar and 6 youth detained over peaceful demonstrations were freed following urgent actions launched by DI launched demanding their release!
Defend International urged the Yemeni government to drop all judicial proceedings against Mr. Abdul Karim Al-Khaiwani, a journalist and a writer. On 25 September 2008 the Yemeni authorities released him after receiving a Presidential pardon. DI extends sincere thanks to DI members, supporters and friends for sending letters or otherwise supporting the campaign.
Defend International strongly condemns the terrorist act against Mrs. Bhutto and expresses deepest sympathy with her family and the families of all those who lost their lives, as well as with the people of Pakistan.
We urge Turkish authorities to respect the territorial integrity of Iraq, to refrain from taking any military action that could undermine regional peace and stability, and to fulfill their international obligations through ensuring respect for International law and International humanitarian law
Human rights activist and high school teacher Mr. Ferzad Kamanger has been arrested for unspecified reasons for more than one year. His family and lawyer have not been allowed to meet him. Mr. Kamanger is suffering from haemorrhage and has been subjected to torture. Consequently he sustained severe injuries to his left leg.
States participating in the Wassenaar Arrangement on arms exports have agreed on best practise guidelines for transporting small arms by air.