Malala gets warm welcome in Oslo

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who became world famous after surviving an attempted murder by the Taliban, was welcomed as a heroine to Oslo over the weekend. She’s been a guest in a string of cities and now says her goal is to become prime minister of Pakistan one day. Known internationally as simply “Malala,” […]

Man unlawfully held in isolation

A man who was twice held in police isolation cells for days longer than the legal 48-hour period successfully sued the state on Monday, claiming his treatment violated the UN Convention on Human Rights. The Oslo District Court ordered the Ministry of Justice and Public Security pay the man NOK 25,000 (USD 4,200) in restitution, […]

Bergen politicians thrown out of Africa

Four Norwegian Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet, Ap) politicians on a human rights reporting mission were thrown out of the disputed territory of Western Sahara by Moroccan police on Monday. The Norwegian Support Committee for Western Sahara (Støttekomiteen for Vest-Sahara) said it’s the third delegation to be deported from Western Sahara or Southern Morocco in two weeks. […]

China lets the politicians squirm

NEWS ANALYSIS: Chinese officials who’ve been angry with Norway since a Nobel Peace Prize humiliated them in Oslo in 2010 have been able to enjoy some revenge this week, watching Norway’s government politicians squirm. They shouldn’t confuse the Norwegian politicians’ controversial willingness to appease them, though, with any real respect or support among Norwegians in […]

‘Coward’ politicians avoid Dalai Lama

Half of all Norwegians think it’s cowardly for Parliamentary President Olemic Thommessen to refuse a meeting with the Dalai Lama when he arrives in Oslo next month. While the public wants Norway’s top politicians to meet with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, to re-enforce Norway’s commitment to human rights, China experts warned such a reception […]

Veteran politician blasts the church

Per-Kristian Foss, Norway’s Auditor General and a former longtime Member of Parliament for the Conservative Party, has called the Norwegian Church’s refusal to marry gays and lesbians in the church “a slap in the face for homosexuals.” On the eve of the Easter holidays, Foss, who is gay himself, is now considering withdrawing his membership […]

Parliament chief avoids Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama will travel to Oslo next month to mark 25 years since he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. On Wednesday the Parliamentary President and a long-time supporter of Tibet, Olemic Thommessen, said he would not be meeting with the exiled spiritual leader because it’s become more important to repair relations with China. […]

Church refuses to marry gay couples

UPDATED: The Norwegian Church’s (Den norske kirke) highest governing body voted against allowing homosexual couples to marry in a religious ceremony on Tuesday. However, a majority also rejected endorsing the status quo, that marriage is between one man and one woman, leaving the church with no clear statement on its gay marriage stance. The marriage […]

Breivik claims isolation is torture

Convicted Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik wants to petition the courts to have his ongoing isolation deemed unlawful, after 33 months in solitary confinement, reports newspaper Aftenposten. Lawyers for the man who killed 77 people in his July 22, 2011 attacks, along with some other legal experts, argue the isolation is an additional penalty on […]

Royals’ whirlwind Vietnam visit

Norway’s Crown Prince and Princess led a large trade delegation to Vietnam this week to pave the way for more business between the two countries. Booming energy, oil and gas, IT and maritime sectors have made Vietnam’s economy one of the fastest-growing in the world, but human rights and corruption issues have cast shadows on […]