Human rights

Published under: Stoltenberg's 2nd Government

Publisher Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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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Statement at 34th session of the Human Rights Council

28.02.17: State Secretary Marit Berger Røsland delivered Norway's speech at the Annual High-Level Panel at the Human Rights Council's session in Geneva.

Calling on everyone to stand up for human rights

10.12.16: Today is Human Rights Day. “In addition to celebrating all the progress made every day, we have to roll up our sleeves and work to preserve and strengthen implementation of the rights the world community agreed on in 1948. Each and every one of us is responsible for this,” says Børge Brende.

Human Rights Challenges in Europe Today

22.11.16: State Secretary Elsbeth Tronstad's statement at a seminar about the main human rights challenges in Europe.

More on Human rights


White paper

Meld. St. 10 (2014–2015)

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

National Action Plan

Business and Human Rights

The present national action plan is intended to enable the business sector to follow the UN Guiding Principles.


Section for Human Rights and Democracy

Phone: +47 23951488
Address: Postboks 8114 Dep., 0032 Oslo
Visitor address: 7. juniplassen 1 / Victoria Terrasse 7,