Lithuania’s Foreign Vice-Minister and Syrian journalist discuss human rights situation in Syria
On 24 November in Vilnius, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Neris Germanas met with the Syrian journalist, human rights defender and women’s rights activist Kholoud Helmi.
“Lithuania understands and deeply sympathizes with all the people of Syria. It is necessary to seek the termination of the war in Syria as soon as possible, in order to finally stop violence against innocent citizens, so that they could return to the normal lives they had before the war,” said Lithuania’s Foreign Vice-Minister.
Helmi also met with the Director of the Information and Public Relations Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Rytis Paulauskas, the Director of the Latin America, Africa, Asia and Pacific Department Eduardas Borisovas, representatives of non-governmental organizations, Lithuanian journalists and academics. The meetings discussed possibilities to implement projects promoting tolerance and public awareness about refugees issues in the future.
The journalist also gave a lecture “The Role of Women in Syrian Conflict” at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science at Vilnius University. The guest received a lot of questions from interested students.
Helmi is a Syrian journalist, who works for an underground newspaper Enab Balad. The weekly newspaper covers the news about the ongoing conflict in Syria, despite the dangers faced by its journalists every day. In 2012, Helmi together with a group of like-minded people initiated demonstrations for democracy, free elections and human rights. In 2015, she was awarded the Anna Politkovskaya Award for her activities. The prize is presented annually by an international human rights NGO – the RAW in WAR (Reach All Women in WAR) – to honor women human rights defenders from war and conflict zones around the world.