Human Rights

“Combating hate speech is everyone’s responsibility. It is also everyone’s problem,” said Espen Barth Eide, Minister of Foreign Affairs when he chaired the sixth annual Trygve Lie Symposium on Fundamental Freedoms today. This year’s symposium focused on the challenge of hate speech and what we can do to combat it. Read more

Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide, US Secretary of State John Kerry and fellow ministers gathered today for an unprecedented meeting at the United Nations to share and discuss ideas for combating violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons worldwide.They agreed on a strong political declaration in support of LGBT. Read more

The Norwegian delegation at the opening ceremony. 
Photo: NorwayUN/Kjersti Mosli.

The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) meets at the UN every spring to discuss different issues of relevance for indigenous peoples worldwide, such as education, language, culture and rights. 2000 delegates participate this year. Norway’s delegation consists of representatives from the Sami Parliament, Gáldu Resource Centre and from the government. Read more

Ambassador Geir O. Pedersen holding his welcoming remarks. 
Photo: Kjersti Mosli .

“We need to fight the root causes of hate speech – racism and discrimination”, Ambassador Geir O. Pedersen said in his welcoming remarks on a panel discussion on how hate speech can be an incitement to violence and genocide. The balance between upholding the principle of freedom of expression and not allowing for hate speech resulting in hatred and violence was a key issue in the debate. Read more

Deputy Minister Gry Larsen with Yvonne Chaka-Chaka at the Human Rights event. 
Photo: Hansine Korslien.

Ricky Martin and the princess of Africa, Yvonne Chaka-Chaka, stood together with Ban Ki-moon, LGBT activists and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Gry Larsen in the fight against homophobia. Read more