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On 17 and 18 August 2015, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) considered Norway’s implementation of the related Convention. Solveig Horne, Minister of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion, led the Norwegian delegation.

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At the end of its 29th session, the Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on the human rights situation in South Sudan. Crucially, the resolution requests the establishment of a fact-finding mission from the OHCHR with the view to improve the human rights situation the country. This is the very first Human Rights Council mechanism that focuses specifically on the situation in South Sudan....

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Photo: International Labour Organizaton.

This year’s International Labour Conference (ILC) was successfully completed on 13 June 2015 as the first two-week conference, shortened from the previous three weeks. Norway has a seat in the ILO Governing Body for the years 2014-2017, and consequently attaches particular importance to work of the ILO, during this period. Highlights discussed at the ILC include country cases on violation of IL...

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In connection with the 29th session of the UN Human Rights Council, Norway organises a side event together with the Permanent Missions of Ghana, Russia and Argentina. The event will take place on Tuesday 16 June, from 14.00-15.30, in Room XXV in Palais des Nations.

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At the 323 rd session of the International Labour Organisations Governing Body a complaint concerning the non-observance of Qatar regarding the ILO conventions on forced labour and labour inspection, was discussed.  In its statement Norway expressed its concerns of the numerous and well-documented accounts of unacceptable working and living conditions among migrant workers in Qatar. Norway fi

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At the opening of the 29th session of the Human Rights Council on 15 June 2015, Ambassador Steffen Kongstad, Permanent Representative of Norway, delivered a statement, supported by a cross regional group of 64 countries, expressing deep concern about a worsening pattern in all regions of the world concerning arbitrary detention, sentencing and imprisonment of human rights defenders.

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Statements held by Norway

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Photo: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferrè.

On 26 March 2015, the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva adopted a draft resolution on the right to privacy. Crucially, the resolution ensures the establishment of a Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy, focusing in particular on the challenges arising from the digital age and new technologies. As a member of the core group on the right to privacy, Norway played a central role in the proce...

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Norway is providing NOK 90 million to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. This is an increase of NOK 10 million compared with last year. ‘Strengthening the UN’s human rights work is vital, particularly at a time when these rights are under increasing pressure globally,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende

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