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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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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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The high number of executions carried out in Iran, the arbitrary detention of human rights defenders, unlawful prosecution of minorities and the lack of freedom of expression were issues addressed by Norway during the 20th session of the Universal Periodic Review of Iran.

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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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In the context of the 20th session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) arranged a side event launching the report “Lessons from the First Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review: From commitment to action on sexual and reproductive health and rights” on 3 November 2014.

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Dr Nora Sveaass, associate professor of psychology at the University of Oslo, was elected to the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (SPT) in Geneva on 23 October.

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