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Norway condemns violence in Libya, Bahrain and Yemen

“I condemn the use of violence against peaceful protesters in Libya, Bahrain and Yemen,” said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.

“I condemn the use of violence against peaceful protesters in Libya, Bahrain and Yemen,” said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.

Mr Støre is concerned about the situation in these countries and urges the authorities to refrain from violence, respect the right to freedom of expression and allow peaceful demonstrations.

“The protests in Libya, Bahrain and Yemen are an expression of the people’s desire for more participatory democracy. The authorities must respect fundamental human rights such as political, economic and social rights. It is now vital that all parties do their utmost to foster peaceful dialogue on reforms,” said the Foreign Minister.

During the past few days, there have been massive demonstrations in Libya, Bahrain and Yemen. A number of people are reported to have been killed, and many are said to have been arrested in connection with the demonstrations.

“The protesters are calling for greater political freedom. Freedom of expression and freedom of assembly are fundamental human rights and are prerequisites for democratic development. Norway supports the people’s desire to live in a society where political and social rights are safeguarded,” said Mr Støre.