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DI Joins "Test Me, Treat Me" DR-TB Manifesto Campaign

Defend International is pleased to inform its members and friends that it has joined the "Test Me, Treat Me" DR-TB Manifesto campaign.   We encourage our members and friends to raise awarene...
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DI Calls For An End To FGM

Today is the International Day of Zero Tolerance of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). I would like to reiterate my call for an end to this harmful practice. We, in Defend International, reite...
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Ms. Peters' Analysis on Lessons Learned in Australia About Gun Controls

In a new article published in the Guardian, Ms. Rebecca Peters, Defend International supporter and friend, provided an analysis on the lessons learned in Australia about gun control. "Stricter gu...
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Dr Akrawi Awarded For Bridging Gap Between Civilizations

Dr. Widad Akrawi, President of Defend International, has been awarded by the National Organization for Future Generations, based in Algeria, to thank her for being a passionate advocate of bridgin...
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Dr Akrawi Awarded For Bridging Gap Between Civilizations

Dr. Widad Akrawi, President of Defend International, has been awarded by the National Organization for Future Generations, based in Algeria, to thank her for being a passionate advocate of bridgin...
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Welcome to Defend International
Written by Defend International   
Tuesday, 26 June 2007

DEFEND INTERNATIONAL (DI) is a non governmental organ devoted to defending human rights and to conducting medical research. It works to stop violations of human rights, especially in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). It forms a worldwide community of DI defenders with members, activists, friends and subscribers in every part of the world.

 

Defend International is Devoted to Human Rights and Medical Research;

Defend International Promotes Peace and Democracy...

through Cultural Relations and Diplomacy;

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 November 2013 )
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Dr Akrawi Awarded Pfeffer Peace Prize
Written by DI Media Committee   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Dr Widad Akrawi
Dr Widad Akrawi
Dr. Widad Akrawi, co-founder of Defend International, has been awarded the 2014 International Pfeffer Peace Award for her worldwide work for peace and justice. She became the first Scandinavian citizen, the third European citizen and the first Kurd to receive a Pfeffer Peace Prize. The award was dedicated to all victims of persecution, particularly the Yazidis, Christians, and all residents of Kobane region.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 19 October 2014 )
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Save The Yazidis: The World Has To Act Now
Written by DI Media Committee   
Friday, 05 September 2014

Photo sent by Mr. Mehmet Celik
Photo sent by Mr. Mehmet Celik
Defend International (DI) is hereby announcing the launch of the worldwide campaign "Save The Yazidis: The World Has To Act Now" to raise awareness about the tragedy of the Yazidis (also known as Ezidi and Yezidi*) in Sinjar and the humanitarian emergency that continues to unfold.

"The plight of the Yazidis is a humanitarian tragedy, and we want to make sure that the victims are not forgotten, protected legally, fully assisted and compensated fairly," said Dr. Widad Akrawi, co-founder of Defend International.

 

Last Updated ( Sunday, 14 September 2014 )
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Iraq: DI Alarmed Over Humanitarian Tragedy
Written by DI Media Committee   
Monday, 04 August 2014

Photo from Reuters
Photo from Reuters
DI is alarmed over the humanitarian tragedy in Iraq and urges the international community to intervene with urgency. "Militants seem to be involved in acts that may constitute crimes against humanity and/or crimes against human diversity, and such acts must be investigated immediately" said DI co-founder Dr. Widad Akrawi.

DI calls on countries that may be involved in supporting IS militias to reevaluate their position to prevent that the crisis leads to devastating, far-reaching and potentially disastrous consequences.

Last Updated ( Monday, 11 August 2014 )
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1st UN World Day against Human Trafficking
Written by DI Media Committee   
Wednesday, 30 July 2014

1st UN World Day against Human Trafficking
1st UN World Day against Human Trafficking
Today is the first-ever UN World Day against ‪Human Trafficking. A day to show your solidarity. It is estimated that about 2.5 million people are trapped in modern-day slavery. Defend International urges all its members, supporters and friends to give hope to victims of human trafficking! We need you to join #igivehope campaign to give voice to the voiceless! 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 July 2014 )
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Dr Akrawi in New Publication on Toxic Remnants of War
Written by DI Media Committee   
Monday, 14 July 2014

Dr Widad Akrawi
Dr Widad Akrawi
President of Defend International, Dr Widad Akrawi, is supporting a global civil society initiative to help strengthen protection for the environment and those who depend on it.

In the preface she wrote for the publication "Pollution Politics: power, accountability and toxic remnants of war" she expresses that "toxic remnants of war may likely be associated with the risk of birth defects, the risk of developing certain forms of cancer, or may adversely affect the neurological development of children and the reproductive processes of humans and animals... Across the world, the lack of accountability for the harm to the environment and public health caused by conflict and military activities undermines global efforts to help fragile countries recover from armed conflicts." Conclusively, she encourages the international community to collaboratively and efficiently solve this long-neglected problem.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 July 2014 )
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Pakistan: DI Member Appointed Book Ambassador
Written by DI Media Committee   
Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Mr. Muhammad Asif Noor
Mr. Muhammad Asif Noor
 Mr. Muhammad Asif Noor, an energetic member of Defend International, has been appointed as Book Ambassador 2014 in Pakistan.

DI congratulates Mr. Noor and wishes success with his new responsibilities. "We wish Mr. Noor every success in his new role and we are certain that he will accomplish whatever he sets out to do," said DI President Dr Widad Akrawi today.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 June 2014 )
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Towards Clean Cooking Solutions in MENA Region: DI Initiative
Written by DI Media Committee   
Monday, 26 May 2014

Media Release
Media Release
Defend International (DI) is pleased to announce the launch of the campaign Clean Cooking Solutions in the MENA region to raise awareness among women and girls in the Middle East and North Africa region about the dangers of relying on inefficient cookstoves and fuels that have a huge impact on human health in the region.

DI is partner of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, an initiative led by the United Nations foundation to mobilize high-level national and donor commitments toward the goal of universal adoption of clean cookstoves and fuels.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 27 May 2014 )
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Dr Kearns' Analysis on Current Crisis in Ukraine
Written by DI Media Committee   
Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Crisis in Ukraine
Crisis in Ukraine
In a new article our colleague Dr. Ian Kearns, co-founder and Director of the European Leadership Network, which works to advance the idea of a cooperative and cohesive Europe, presented an important analysis on the current crisis in the Ukraine. As the debate on how to respond to the Russian annexation of Crimea rages, Dr. Kearns argues that the West needs to get beyond sanctions to a more nuanced policy aimed at bringing Putin to the negotiating table.

 

"A strategic response to the current crisis means thinking beyond sanctions," said Dr. Kearns. "It means using a more nuanced mix of instruments to deny Putin opportunities in Europe while pursuing a dialogue with him about cooperation in the interests of all."

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 March 2014 )
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DI & Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Defend International is a partner of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a public-private initiative led by the United Nations Foundation to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women and preserve the environment by creating a thriving global market for clean cooking solutions. Learn more at www.cleancookstoves.org.

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