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Norway reviewed at 6th session of UPR
Thursday, 03 December 2009 16:56

 

On 2 December 2009, the Working Group on the UPR examined the situation of human rights in Norway. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Jonas Gahr Store represented the State. All States participating in the discussion took the opportunity to praise Norway for its high level of commitment to human rights and their achievements. Although the tone of the session was largely positive, some States expressed concern about the following issues:


  • Several States, including Belgium, France, Italy, Serbia, Israel and Ghana raised the high incidence of domestic violence and an increase in cases of rape. The main recommendation on this matter was to strengthen the legislative framework.
  • A large number of States expressed their concern about cases of hate crimes and discrimination against racial minorities and migrant workers, especially in the work environment. Issues relating to inequality suffered by migrants concerning education and housing were also raised. Canada and Turkey reported that the rate of unemployment among foreigners is much higher than among nationals.
  • Several States called for the ratification of the Convention of the Rights of Peoples with Disabilities, the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture, the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance and the Convention on Migrant Workers. The majority of recommendations for ratifications of those instruments were accompanied by concern from several States regarding the rights of minors in detention, migrant workers and disabled people.
  • Iran and Pakistan expressed their concern of the removal of ‘blasphemy’ from the penal code. Iran alleged that this contributes to xenophobic attitudes, in particular against Muslims.
  • Brazil and New Zealand addressed the issue of non-refoulement. There were allegations that Norway is not processing claims of asylum seekers according to proper procedure and is returning them despite concerns about possible ill treatment in their country of origin. Germany highlighted the lack of a national instrument to deal with unaccompanied minors claiming asylum and the Republic of Congo was concerned about allegations of ill treatment of asylum seekers.

 

The draft report of the Working Group on Norway will be adopted at noon on 4 December. Click here for previous news stories on the 6th session of the UPR, or download full reports on previous reviews.

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