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The Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room, Palais des Nations. 
Photo: UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré.The Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room, Palais des Nations. Photo: UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré

The year 2016 is coming to an end, and so is the tenth cycle of the UN Human Rights Council. A new Norwegian supported report sums up the main trends for the Council in 2016 and highlights some of the challenges ahead of 2017.

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Photo: OHCHR.

Human rights are coming under increasing pressure worldwide. Action is needed – from all of us. Are you ready to take the pledge and stand up for human rights?

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Photo: International Labour Organization.

The 2016 Business and Human Rights Forum in Geneva, 14 – 16 November, gathers more than 2.000 senior representatives and experts from Governments, business, community groups and civil society. Join the forum to network, discuss, share experiences and learn.

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Mr. Hans Brattskar, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Norway and Marc Limon, Executive Director, URG. 
Photo: Permanent Mission of Norway.

How do the candidate States for the Human Rights Council election cooperate with the UN? What pledges and commitments have they made? A new guide gives you all the information you need before the upcoming HRC election.

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Norway's statement during the 26th special session of the Human Rights Council on the human rights situation in South Sudan, held on 14 December 2016. Statement delivered by Ambassador Hans Brattskar.

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Illustration photo: Inside an Israeli prison, photographed by ICRC during a prison visit. 
Photo: © ICRC / G. Kavalerchik.

17 November 2016 - This week the 10th anniversary of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) was marked in Geneva.

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Photo: UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré.

The 33rd session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) has come to an end. Among important outcomes for Norway was a strong resolution on the safety of journalists, the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry on Burundi, and the appointment of the first ever Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) mandate holder.

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Sámi president Aili Keskitalo. The picture is taken during the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in 2014. . 
Photo: UN Photo/Cia Pak.

Sámi president Keskitalo: Not acceptable that 50 % of Sámi women are exposed to violence.

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Photo: UN Women.

29 November marks the International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, and takes place during the global campaign titled“16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence”. UN experts are concerned about growing challenges driven by deep-rooted discrimination.

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