Human Rights

From left: Louise Mushikiwabo, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Rwanda, Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary-General and Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende. 
Photo: Ruth Kristina Breivik, Norway Mission to the UN.

The seventh annual Trygve Lie Symposium took place during the United Nations High Level Week, and this year’s topic was “Human Rights Up Front: Preventing Human Rights Crisis Worldwide”. Human Rights Up Front is a plan initiated by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on how to promote human rights in all aspects of UN’s work, and on how to create the changes necessary to put human rights and civilian... Read more

MBA star Jason Collins with Ambassador Pedersen and First Secretary Iselin Larsen . 
Photo: Marte Fløan Beisvåg.

Every day LGBT people from all over the world are met with violence, hate speech and persecution. December 10 is the Human Rights Day and this year it was celebrated with a big event at the United Nations, where athletes, member states and human rights activists met to take a stand in the fight for basic human rights and against violence and discrimination. Read more

Photo: NorwayUN/Marte Fløan Beisvåg.

Norway initiated a new UN resolution on Protecting Women Human Rights Defenders at the UN this fall. After long negotiations, member states adopted the resolution by consensus. – This is a first step in the right direction, says Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende. Read more

Photo: NorwayUN/Marte Fløan Beisvåg.

Today Ambassador Geir O Pedersen introduced the draft resolution L.64 - Protecting Women Human Rights Defenders. The statement below is from the presentation. The resolution represents a clear call for the women human rights defender’s need of protection; it does not create new rights or privileges for women human rights defenders. Women human rights defenders throughout the world face grave... Read more

Photo: Norway MFA/M.B. Haga.

Women fighting for human rights are particularly vulnerable. Their efforts should be encouraged, not curtailed or stigmatized. This week, Norway presents a new resolution to the UN General Assembly, aimed at protecting women human rights defenders. Read more