Human Rights

From left: Louise Mushikiwabo, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Rwanda, Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary-General and Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende. 
Photo: Ruth Kristina Breivik, Norway Mission to the UN.

The seventh annual Trygve Lie Symposium took place during the United Nations High Level Week, and this year’s topic was “Human Rights Up Front: Preventing Human Rights Crisis Worldwide”. Human Rights Up Front is a plan initiated by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on how to promote human rights in all aspects of UN’s work, and on how to create the changes necessary to put human rights and civilian... Read more

Foreign Minister Børge Brende met with representatives for the campaign #BringBackOurGirls on May 13. . 
Photo: M.B. Haga / UD .

‘Boko Haram’s kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls is an unacceptable attack on girls’ right to education. The Government has therefore decided to allocate NOK 10 million to efforts to promote safe schooling for girls in northern Nigeria and help to the communities affected by the abductions. Norway will also consider providing humanitarian assistance for refugees and internally displaced... Read more

Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. 
Photo:  UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré.

In Geneva today, Foreign Minister Børge Brende and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay signed an agreement under which Norway will provide NOK 250 million to support the UN’s human rights efforts over the next three years. Read more

Deputy Foreign Minister Hans Brattskar . 
Photo: Norway UN/ Mariken Bruusgaard Harbitz .

-Women human right defenders play a crucial role in the development agenda, said Deputy Foreign Minister Hans Brattskar at today`s UN-held side-event “Women human right defenders – from resolution to solutions”. Read more

-We all have a responsibility in protecting women human right defenders, urged Iselin Hebbert Larsen, First Secretary at Norway’s Mission to the UN at the United Nations Association`s Members day on 7 February. Norway initiated a landmark resolution on protection of women human rights defenders this fall, which was adopted by consensus by the member states. – Now, words must be followed by... Read more