Human Rights

Norway supports the UN Security Council statement dated 31 May, that condemns the acts that led to the loss of civilian lives when Israeli naval forces boarded the convoy carrying humanitarian assistance to Gaza. The statement underscores the need for a prompt, impartial and credible investigation of the incident. Read more

Human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity was the topic of a panel debate that Norway organized with the UN Permanent Missions of Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, France and the Netherlands on Thursday 10 December. The event was especially timely as several countries are looking to tighten legislation that criminalizes lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people. Read more

Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, Assistant Director General Helga Fastrup Ervik (left) og Bente Angell-Hansen (right) during the hearing on 2 December. 
Photo: DSS.

“Demanding, stimulating and challenging” were Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre’s description of the three-hour review of the human rights situation in Norway in Geneva Wednesday 2 December. This was the first time Norway was examined under the UN’s new system of Universal Periodic Reviews of member states’ national efforts to respect and ensure human rights. Read more

Iranian lawyer, human rights defender and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Shirin Ebadi, with Norwegian UN Ambassador Mona Juul. 
Photo: Norway's UN Mission/Jeanette Olsen.

The General Assembly’s human rights committee, in its recently concluded session, unanimously adopted a Norwegian proposal on the protection of human rights defenders. The main purpose of the text is to protect those – such as Nobel Peace Prize winners Shirin Ebadi and Aung San Suu Kyi – who often risk their personal safety to speak up for the human rights of others. Read more

Children share a meal at a shelter for HIV-positive children and those orphaned by AIDS in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. 
Photo: UNICEF/DeCesare.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child turned 20 on the 20 November this year. UNICEF has launched a special edition of its annual “State of the World” report to coincide with the anniversary. “For the last 20 years, the UN’s convention for children has protected children against violence, abuse and discrimination. It’s given increasing numbers of children the right to schooling and healt... Read more