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Norway stressed that efforts to improve the regional representation must be balanced with efforts to improve equitable geographic distribution, in a statement on the report of the Joint Inspection Unit. Read more

Photo: UN Photo/Logan Abassi .

Ambassador Bente Angell-Hansen expressed support for recognizing the right to sanitation as a distinct human right in a Norwegian statement to the Human Rights Council. Read more

Photo: Dss/Lars Jakobsen.

It is key that we address vigorously the persistent gaps between pledges and national realities, stated Ambassador Bente Angell-Hansen in the general debate with High Commissioner Navanethem Pillay. Read more

Norway is deeply concerned about the the current human rights situation in Sri Lanka and calls upon the Sri Lankan Government to ensure the UN, ICRC and other humanitarian organisations full and unhindered humanitarian access to the affected population. Read more

Remarks/address by Jonas Gahr Støre, Minister of Foreign Affairs Read more

Norway expresses concern about the situation for human rights defenders in Colombia and recommend that the Government at the highest level forcefully denounce stigmatization of human rights defenders and that crimes and violations against human rights defenders are effectively investigated and prosecuted. Read more

Introductory remarks by ambassador of Norway, Bente Angell-Hansen, moderator for the side-event pertaining to“Equality before the law – key to women’s empowerment 24 October 2008 Read more

 The event was moderated by ambassador Bente Angell-Hansen. The audience numbered between 60-70, ranging from permanent missions, NGO`s and UN institutions.   Read more

Norway emphasizes the importance of maintaining the independence and integrity of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Read more

Improving human rights protection and access to justice must remain a top priority, says Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre. Norway is committed to this task and has presented its candidature to the Human Rights Council for the period 2009-2012. Read more

Norway is very concerned by the recent escalation of violence between militants in Gaza and Israel and deplore the high number of civilian caualties. Read more

Norway condemns the gross and systematic violations of human rights in Myanmar and strongly encourages the government to start an inclusive dialogue with the democratic opposition and representatives of ethnic groups Read more

Norway expresses serious concern about the situation in Myanmar and urge the government to refrain from all use of violence against peaceful demonstrators Read more