Embattled human rights group threatens to sue Norway

A human rights organization that’s been charged with money laundering is demanding a public apology and threatening to sue the government of Norway and Norway’s economic crimes unit that’s investigating it, for NOK 6 billion (USD 779 million). Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that other backers of the group are also threatening to sue Norway for […]

State investigates human rights group

An international organization that bills itself as a human rights advocacy group based in Stavanger now faces money laundering charges filed by Norway’s state economic crime unit Økokrim.  The leader of the group was arrested and questioned over a four-day period in late May but was released and reportedly is now in the United Arab Emirates. Newspaper […]

Deeyah Khan spurs dialogue in Oslo

Deeyah Khan, the filmmaker and human rights activist, could bask in the glow of overwhelmingly positive social media feedback after she opened a conference for women of the world in her old hometown of Oslo on Friday. The conference is just one of her current projects – she’s also making a new film about the radicalization of […]

Oil prices rise on Saudi king’s death

The death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah during the night led to an immediate power shift and may give a boost to Norway’s oil-fueled economy. Protesters, meanwhile, have demonstrated against Saudi authorities’ whippings of a Saudi blogger, and the Norwegian government lodged another protest of its own on the day before Abdullah died, calling the whippings “inhuman” punishment.  Within a […]

Norway ‘broke human rights’

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Norway violated the human rights of businessman Hroar Hansen when its courts threw out his appeals in a battle over real estate.  Newspaper VG reported that Hansen now expects Norway’s Supreme court to reconsider his long-standing disagreement with Terje Høili, the billionaire owner of a grocery […]

Rafto prizewinner turns down cash

Pavel Chikov, chairman of the Russian human rights organization Agora, was pleased and proud that the group won the Bergen-based Rafto Prize on Thursday for its “relentless work” to defend the right to a fair trial in Russia. He said he doesn’t dare accept the prize’s cash award, though, for fear Russian authorities will use it against […]

More foreigners in prostitution

The Norwegian government banned prostitution in 2009 in a bid to halt human trafficking, but charities said the number of foreign prostitutes in Norway has only risen in the years since. Aid groups blamed the financial crisis in other parts of Europe and Norway’s strict migrant worker regulations for pushing more foreigners onto the streets. […]

Record human trafficking reports

Norwegian police received record numbers of human trafficking reports last year, almost doubling from 48 in 2012 to 70 in 2013. For the first time, police registered a greater increase in the total number of exploitation reports within legal work and service industries, rather than within prostitution. Despite the record high number of human trafficking […]

Pride filled the streets of Oslo

Tens of thousands of people turned out Saturday to either watch or march in the annual gay pride parade through downtown Oslo – or do both. The event climaxed a week of events tied to the EuroPride festival that already had attracted thousands to the Norwegian capital, with Saturday’s parade unfolding as a celebration of diversity and tolerance. […]

Gay rights activist snubs Solberg

One of Norway’s most high-profile and respected gay rights activists, author Karen-Christine “Kim” Friele, turned down an invitation to attend a garden party hosted by Prime Minister Erna Solberg in connection with EuroPride in Oslo this week. The reason: Solberg’s decision not to welcome the Dalai Lama when he was in Oslo last month. Friele, now […]