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.
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.
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.
Related topics and insights
Respect for human rights and democratic principles is a prerequisite for peace, stability and democracy. Norway gives high priority to efforts to promote human rights and support for civil society in Palestine.
Opportunities for All: Human Rights in Norway’s Foreign Policy and Development Cooperation
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched its international strategy for promoting freedom of expression in foreign and development policy 29 June.
Section for Human Rights, Democracy and Gender Equality
Phone: +47 23951488
Address: Postboks 8114 Dep., 0032 Oslo
Visitor address: 7. juniplassen 1 / Victoria Terrasse 7, Oslo