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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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From 5 to 12 February 2017 several cultural and political events take place in Trondheim to celebrate the 100 years anniversary of the first congress of the Sami people. The celebratory gathering is called Tråante, which is the South Sami name for Trondheim.

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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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The International Labour Organization (ILO) conducted a field visit to Amman, Jordan between 24. and 26. January 2017. Participants were donors of core voluntary funding (RBSA) and donors for ILO development cooperation from the Multilateral Organization Performance Assessment Network (MOPAN). Norway, being one of the donors of RBSA funding, was represented by Charlotte Gede Vidnes from the...

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