Defend International welcomes the decision of the Specialised Criminal Court in Yemen today on the release of prisoners of opinion Mr. Abdel Karim Al-Khaiwani.
Former editor of the electronic newspaper Al-Shura has been captured by members of National Security Forces in the capital Sanaa on 20 June 2007. His life is in grave danger as he suffers from a heart condition, and the authorities have refused to allow him any medical attention.
A delegation from Defend International participated in the 2007 Women’s Conference in Germany. Dr Widad presented an in-depth analysis of key issues related to violence against women and provided a comprehensive strategy on how to tackle these challenges particularly in the MENA region.
International Covenant on Economic, Social & Cultural Rights,
G.A. res. 2200A (XXI), 21 U.N.GAOR Supp. (No. 16) at 49, U.N. Doc. A/6316 (1966), 993 U.N.T.S. 3, entered into force Jan. 3, 1976.
Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, G.A. res. 2200A (XXI), 21 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 16) at 59, U.N. Doc. A/6316 (1966), 999 U.N.T.S. 302, entered into force March 23, 1976.
Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty, G.A. res. 44/128, annex, 44 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 49) at 207, U.N. Doc. A/44/49 (1989), entered into force July 11, 1991.
United Nations, Economic and Social Council, Siracusa Principles on the Limitation and Derogation Provisions in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/1985/4, Annex (1985).