Human Rights

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

Some of the more than 2,000 indigenous participants at this year's Permanent Forum For Indigenous Issues. 
Photo: Norway UN Mission/Sigrun Agøy Engum.

Hundreds of delegates assembled for the opening ceremony of the UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues on May 7. Representatives of both the Government of Norway and the Sámi Parliament of Norway will follow proceedings during two week session. 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

Conference room 4 in the UN North Lawn Building has hosted the Third Committee this fall. It was packed as the resolution on Human Rigths defenders was adopted. 
Photo: Norway Mission/Anders Aalbu.

Norway’s initiative has resulted in the unanimous adoption of a resolution in the UN General Assembly on strengthening the protection of human rights defenders and the right of peaceful protest. “This UN resolution throws into sharp relief the use of force against protesters that we are seeing in a number of countries. It strengthens our hand when we seek to make governments accountable for... Read more

Foreign Minister, Mr. Jonas Gahr Støre, visiting the Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, in March 2011. 
Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Frode Andersen.

“The Arab Spring has shown that efforts to promote democracy and human rights make a difference,” commented Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre. The Government has increased its allocation to efforts to promote democracy and human rights in the budget for 2012 by NOK 45 million (appx USD 7,7). Read more