Iran: 2 journalists facing death penalty

Kurdish Journalists Adnan Hasanpoor and Abdel Wahd (Hiwa) Butimar have allegedly been tortured and have reportedly received death penalties on July 17, 2007. According to the Iranian Revolutionary Court in Sanandaj their writings were aimed to topple the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Yemen: Prisoner of conscience 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.

Germany: Women’s Conference

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.

Optional Protocol to ICCPR

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.

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