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Norway is actively participating in the 11th Session of the UPR
Last updated: 06/05/2011 //
The situation for human rights defenders, women's rights, the rights of LGBT persons and freedom of speech were some of the issues raised by Norway in the examinations during the Universal Periodic Review.
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a mechanism under the Human Rights Council that reviews the human rights record of all 192 UN member states. All states are being examined once every four years.
The state under review presents a report on the implementation of its human rights commitments in preparation for the review. In addition, a report with NGOs' and other stakeholders’ views as well as a document with information compiled by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights provide the basis for the examination. During the UPR session, each state under review receives questions and recommendations from other member states. The universal nature and the open dialogue of the UPR makes the mechanism an important tool for improving the human rights situation in all countries.
The eleventh session of the UPR took place from the 2nd – 13th of May, 2011. Norway considers the UPR mechanism to be of great importance and participates in the examinations of states under review by providing written questions in advance, as well as raising questions and comments in an intervention during the dialogue.
Norway's advance questions and interventions for each of the countries under review can be found below: