Human Rights

The Government of Norway nominates Professor Kirsten Sandberg, Supreme Court Justice, as a candidate for the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child for the period 2011-2015. Professor Sandberg is currently serving as Supreme Court Justice. Read more

From left, Frank La Rue; UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, Deputy Permanent Representative Tine Mørch Smith and journalist Adela Navarro Bello from the Mexican weekly Zeta. 
Photo: Norway UN Mission/ Emma K Lydersen.

Every year a high number of journalists are killed at work around the world. This week, Norway contributed to putting the topic on the agenda in the UN. Read more

The panel at the debate on the inhuman sentencing of children. 
Photo: Norway UN/Emma K Lydersen.

Norway’s UN Ambassador Morten Wetland chaired a debate on how to end the inhuman sentencing of children on October 14, 2010. The discussion, that took place at the UN in New York, marked the launch of a campaign by the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN). Read more

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo for his longstanding non-violent fight for human rights in China. Currently serving an 11-year prison term for subversion in China, Liu is noted for advocating a peaceful, nonviolent approach to human rights. Read more

Professor John Ruggie and Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre flanked by (on left) Alexander Yakovenko, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Russian Federation and (on right) Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of South Africa.
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Photo: Norway UN Mission/Emma Kwesiga Lydersen.

“Human rights and business must go hand in hand, and this is a field where Norway and Norwegian business should be at the forefront,” said Norway's Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre. Read more