Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis thanked Murad for defending the rights of people worldwide
On 29 November, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad, who was visiting Lithuania.
The meeting focused on the most pressing human rights challenges, especially violence against women and girls, atrocities faced by the Yazidi community, and the attack on the European Union by Belarus, which orchestrated the instrumentalisation of illegal migrants.
“When we speak openly about our challenges, it helps us better understand each other’s situation. Undoubtedly, this contributes to a successful resolution of our problems and, at the same time, helps us strengthen international cooperation and mutual understanding,” said Landsbergis, who also thanked the human rights activist for visiting Lithuania.
The meeting discussed possible ways to engage with the international community and the EU to help the Yazidi community, as well as to ensure security and human rights in the region. The Foreign Minister promised Lithuania's support for Nadia's Initiative in expanding the network of international partners in the Nordic and Baltic region and the EU.
Nadia’s Initiative advocates for support to rebuild Sinjar, seek justice for Yazidis, improve security in the region, and help survivors of sexual violence worldwide.
Lithuania pays great attention to the protection of the right to freedom of religion and belief. The issue will be important for Lithuania during its membership of the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2022-2024.
Murad was also awarded the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize by the Council of Europe.