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

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

11th session of the UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues. 
Photo: Norway UN Mission/Sigrun Agøy Engum.

Almost two thousand delegates attended this year’s session of the UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in New York, most of them representatives of the world’s indigenous peoples. Read more

Ofe Kelly Orazulike from Nigeria, Judy Shepard from the United States, Doi Nakpor from Thailand and Nadine Moawad from Lebanon. 
Photo: Norway UN Mission/Anders Aalbu.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged people to combat homophobic bullying at an event marking Human Rights Day. Individuals and states have a responsibility to stop discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The UN debate was organized by Norway and several other countries. Read more