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.

Norway intensifies efforts to promote human rights

‘Human rights are under pressure internationally. Norway will therefore step up its efforts to promote and protect human rights,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende when he presented a white paper on human rights in Norway’s foreign and development policy.

Extended mandate for human rights defenders

On Friday 28 March, the UN Human Rights Council 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.

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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Concerned about Nadia Savchenko

'I am deeply concerned about the situation of Nadia Savchenko. We call once again for her immediate release. The Minsk agreements must be complied with. This includes, of course, the requirement to release all hostages and illegally detained people,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Norway's statement at Human Rights Council

State Secretary Tore Hattrem held Norway's main statement at the  31st session of the Human Rights Council.

Freedom of expression and independent media

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is launching a new strategy for efforts to promote freedom of expression. 'Freedom of expression and independent media are under growing pressure. Norway is therefore strengthening its international work in this field,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

More on Human rights


White paper

Meld. St. 10 (2014–2015)

Opportunities for All: Human Rights in Norway’s Foreign Policy and Development Cooperation

White paper

Meld. St. 25 (2013-2014)

Education for Development: The way to development is via knowledge generation, information and skills. Education lays the groundwork for individuals’ and societies’ development and is essential for development and growth.


Section for Human Rights and Democracy

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