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.
‘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.
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.
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.
‘Intigam Aliyev has played a significant role in the work to promote the rule of law in Azerbaijan. The prison sentence he has been given adds to our already deep concern about the human rights situation in the country,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
Norway is providing NOK 90 million to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. This is an increase of NOK 10 million compared with last year. ‘Strengthening the UN’s human rights work is vital, particularly at a time when these rights are under increasing pressure globally,’ said Børge Brende.
The UN Human Rights Council has decided to create the mandate of a new Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy. ‘All people must be able to use the internet and new technology without running the risk of being persecuted or suffering reprisals,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
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