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Norway's efforts to support human rights defenders

Guide for the foreign service

Protecting human rights defenders is a main priority in Norway’s human rights policy. The overall objective is that efforts to promote and defend human rights in all parts of the world can be carried out without restrictions or threats to human rights defenders or their families.

 

Norway's efforts to support human rights defenders
Guide for the foreign service
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The Guide in Spanish version


Protecting human rights defenders is a main priority in Norway’s human rights policy. The overall objective is that efforts to promote and defend human rights in all parts of the world can be carried out without restrictions or threats to human rights defenders or their families.

At the UN and other international organisations, Norway actively promotes efforts to support human rights defenders.

At national level, many Norwegian diplomatic missions are in charge of various measures and joint campaigns with other international actors to support their work. Human rights defenders are important cooperation partners for our diplomatic missions.

The main objective of these guidelines is to help the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Norwegian missions to systematise measures and intensify efforts to support human rights defenders and their work.