Human rights

The promotion of human rights and democratic principles is at the heart of Norwegian foreign policy. This policy is implemented both at the multilateral level – in forums such as the UN, the OSCE and the Council of Europe – and at country level.

Human rights

Issues relating to human rights and democracy are a high priority in both foreign and development policy. Whether we are supporting human rights defenders, promoting freedom of speech, fighting the death penalty, or supporting the development of democratic constitutions and free elections, safeguarding human rights is the guiding principle. Priority target groups for Norwegian human rights efforts are human rights defenders, minorities, women, children and indigenous peoples.

Norway’s human rights dialogues

Norway has started to cooperate more closely with countries where there are human rights challenges but at the same time potential for improvement through dialogue and contact. Currently, Norway is engaged in formal human rights dialogues of this kind with China, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Indigenous peoples in development cooperation

One of the aims of Norwegian development cooperation is to increase the focus on indigenous peoples, while taking an integrated approach to cooperation on indigenous issues.


Opening Address at Oslo Freedom Forum

'I am very thankful for the way the Oslo Freedom Forum is a constant reminder to us all about the importance of addressing human rights violations, of addressing threats to democracy in Europe and elsewhere', said Minister Vidar Helgesen in his opening address at the Oslo Freedom Forum 20 October.

Foreign Minister Brende concerned about human rights situation in Aceh

‘I am deeply concerned about the human rights situation in Aceh, particularly the rights of minorities,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende in response to the adoption of a new criminal code in Aceh, an autonomous province of Indonesia.

Human Rights Up Front: Preventing Human Rights Crises Worldwide

'A worsening human rights situation is often a telling sign of an impending crisis. We must learn to respond to these signs', Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende said in his opening intervention at the Trygve Lie Symposium 2014 in New York 26 September.

Foreign Minister Brende congratulates Rafto Prize winner

‘I would like to congratulate the Russian human rights association Agora and its chair, Pavel Chikov, as this year’s recipients of the Rafto Prize,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Norway condemns violation of freedom of expression and other human rights in Egypt

‘I am deeply concerned about the trials that are taking place in Egypt and the sentences that are being imposed. Monday’s judgment against three journalists is shocking and unacceptable. In addition, 183 death sentences that were pronounced earlier have been upheld,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Norway condemns reported mass executions in Iraq

Norway is deeply concerned about the situation in western and northern Iraq, where the authorities have lost control of large areas, including Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city.

Nordic Statement on Human Rights and Good Governance

'The Nordic countries would like to see a stand-alone goal for good governance and the rule of law in the post-2015 agenda', said Foreign Minister Børge Brende in his nordic statement about the post-2015 agenda at the UN General Assembly 9 June.

Norway congratulates Ukraine on presidential election

‘I would like to congratulate the people of Ukraine on a successfully conducted presidential election. Despite the fact that many Ukrainians in Donetsk, Luhansk and Crimea were prevented from participating, the preliminary statement of the election observers indicates that the election was conducted in an orderly manner,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Egypt in breach of international obligations

‘The death sentences in Egypt in recent months are a clear breach of human rights and of Egypt’s international obligations. Norway condemns these sentences, and we have raised the matter directly with the Egyptian authorities,’ said Foreign Minister Børge Brende.

Opening address to the exhibition: The Path to Exclusion

"Although the Constitution of 1814 is considered one of the most liberal of its time, its original paragraph 2 excluded Jews from entrance into Norway. (...) Under the occupation the paragraph was reinstated by Quisling in 1942 before it was finally abolished when Norway was liberated in 1945", said State Secretary Bård Glad Pedersen when he opened the exhibition.

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Human rights

Contact information

Section for Human Rights and Democracy

Telephone: +47 23951488

Address

Address
PO Box 8114 Dep.
N-0032 Oslo
Norway

Street address:
7. juni-plassen/ Victoria Terrasse