Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Adrian Sanders Adrian Sanders Liberal Democrat, Torbay

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to promote the protection and enhancement of civil society organisations in Syria.

Photo of Hugh Robertson Hugh Robertson Minister of State

The UK has provided over £20 million of non-humanitarian assistance to moderate opposition groups in Syria, including civil society. Our support is helping to build the capacity of civil society actors, including journalists and local councils, to address issues such as human rights, peace-building, transitional justice and good governance. Through our assistance, more than 300 Syrian journalists and activists have received training in order to help develop an independent Syrian media. Our assistance has also supported work with local councils and civil society groups within Syria to increase community engagement in addressing local conflicts.

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