Increased allocation for efforts to promote freedom of religion or belief

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'The Government has proposed a NOK 10 million increase in its funding for civil society's international efforts to promote human rights. This additional funding will be used to strengthen efforts to promote freedom of expression and freedom of religion or belief,' Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide said.

In the revised budget, the Government has proposed a NOK 10 million increase in the human rights allocation, bringing the total for 2018 to NOK 370 million.

'Unfortunately, human rights are currently under pressure both in Europe and in many other places around the world. It is crucial that efforts to promote human rights and the shared and universal values they are based on are maintained,' said Ms Eriksen Søreide.

'The increased allocation is in line with the Government's political platform, which aims to strengthen efforts to promote human rights, through international forums, development policy and support for civil society development. The Government will continue to intensify its efforts for freedom of religion or belief,' Ms Eriksen Søreide said.

This year marks the anniversary of two key breakthroughs in the field of human rights: It is 70 years since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and 20 years since the adoption of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.