Human Rights

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“I am deeply concerned about the deterioration in the human rights situation in Bahrain,” commented Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre. Read more

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“I am saddened and shocked to hear that the brave and dedicated human rights defender David Kato was killed in his own home yesterday evening,” said Minister of the Environment and International Development Erik Solheim. Read more

Before the election Professor Sandberg presented her candidature to representatives of various UN Mission in New York. . 
Photo: Norway Mission/Emma K. Lydersen.

Professor Kirsten Sandberg has been elected to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. “I congratulate Ms Sandberg. We are proud that such a prominent representative of Norwegian research in the field of child law has been elected to a body that is so important for children’s rights,” said Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre. Read more

US Ambassador Susan Rice speaks at the LGBT event as UN Secretary-General Ban looks on. 
Photo: Norway Mission/Emma K Lydersen.

On International Human Rights Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recalled that we commemorate not the “Partial” or “Sometimes” Declaration of Human Rights, but the “Universal” Declaration of Human Rights. Mr. Ban spoke at an event calling for an end to violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons. Norway was one of the organisers of the event. Read more

Counsellor Svein Michelsen, point person on human rights at the Norway Mission (left), and Ambassador Morten Wetland (centre/right). 
Photo: Norway UN Mission/Emma K Lydersen.

The UN General Assembly has called on member states to establish a moratorium on executions as a step towards the abolition of the death penalty. Norway, in cooperation with a group of countries from all parts of the world, led the initiative, which was supported by 107 countries. Read more