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We must all do our part, locally and internationally, to engage more people, countries and health workers to accelerate the inevitable end of Female Genitale Mutilation (FGM), said ambassador Kongstad at the international day of Zero Tolerance to FGM.

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‘I deplore the fact that the punishment of Saudi human rights defender Raif Badawi by public flogging has begun, and call for this to be halted and for Mr Badawi to be released,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Mr Brende raised the matter directly with HRH Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud in London today.

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Press release: ‘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. A white paper on human rights in Norway’s foreign and development policy, the first on the subject for 15 years, was presented today.

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What can States, business, civil society and the UN do to support and protect human rights defenders who work on issues of corporate responsibility and accountability? These issues were addressed at a panel on business and human rights defenders on 3 December.

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In the context of the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, held in Geneva 1-3 December, State Secretary Morten Høglund participated in a high-level discussion on the global outlook for business and human rights.

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“Gaining Momentum” is a new ILO-report that was launched last week. The report brings together all available data including ILO statistics to provide a global picture on women in the business world and in management

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The Nobel peace Prize for 2014 was awarded Malala Yousafzay and Kailashi Satyarthi for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education – and with a special focus on the right of girls to education. The award has drawn global attention to the need for all children to go to school and not be financially exploited.

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What social responsibilities comes with public procurements? Moreover, how can public buyers safeguard human rights? These were among the issues discussed at the side event Integrating human rights into public procurement at the United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva on 1 December.

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In the build up to the third UN Forum on Business and Human Rights being held 1-3 December, International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) publishes a series of articles by key human rights defenders and experts in the field. In his article, Ambassador Kongstad addressed the perceived and real issues relating to business and human rights.

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