Human rights

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


Extended mandate for human rights defenders

The UN Human Rights Council has adopted a draft resolution introduced by Norway, and extended the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders for a period of three years.

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Guidelines on Norway’s human rights policy

The promotion of human rights is a key component of Norway’s foreign and development policy. As part of its efforts to ensure an integrated human rights policy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has published several sets of guidelines on different aspects of human rights.

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International efforts to combat the death penalty

The right to life is enshrined in both global and regional human rights conventions. The right to life and respect for human dignity and inviolability are the underlying principles on which all other human rights and the fundamental principles of the rule of law are based. The use of the death penalty is a violation of these principles, and is in itself inhumane.

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Norway’s report on human rights to the UN

05/02/2019: ‘Norway’s third report to the UN Human Rights Council shows that the Government has done a great deal to strengthen human rights in Norway,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.

Resolution on human rights defenders in UNHRC

22/03/2019: A Norwegian-led resolution on environmental human rights defenders has been adopted by consensus in the UN Human Rights Council. - I am very pleased that we have succeeded in reaching agreement on a strongly worded text, in such a complex area, said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.

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Section for Human Rights, Democracy and Gender Equality

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