Standing ovations for Nobel Laureates

The applause seemed to go on forever at Monday’s Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo. Dr Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad were honoured with lengthy standing ovations, for drawing international attention to sexual violence as war crimes that must be punished. “We thank you for seeing the suffering, and devoting your life to the battle […]

Nobel winners seek justice for women

Security was tight around the Norwegian Nobel Institute on Sunday, after a week in which news broke about threats against Norway’s justice minister and politicians in Oslo’s City Hall. Inside the institute, this year’s highly acclaimed Nobel Peace Prize winners were calling for far more security and justice for victims of arguably the worst sort […]

Norway joins criticism of China

Norway has joined some international criticism of China, after reports of how Chinese authorities have rounded up as many as 1 million ethnic minorities and forced them into internment camps in Xinjiang. Newspaper Aftenposten reported during the weekend how Norway’s ambassador in Beijing is among 15 stationed in the Chinese capital who have sent a […]

State visit ‘renews’ Chinese friendship

Norway’s King Harald V got some support from Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday, both in the literal and figurative sense. Xi reportedly slowed his pace and helped the 81-year-old monarch up some stairs during state visit ceremonies in Beijing, and confirmed that the two countries are friends again. “With this visit we are renewing […]

King to speak up while in China

Norway’s King Harald V was winning praise after he said he would bring up human rights concerns during a meeting with China’s authoritarian president Xi Jinping this week. Norway’s leader of Amnesty International called the king’s stated intention to be on the offensive “very gratifying.” The monarch, who is on a state visit to China […]

More rape victims are seeking help

Just days after the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced a Peace Prize that boosts awareness of sexual violence, comes news that rape remains a major problem in Norway itself. New statistics show a strong increase in the numbers of women seeking help from health centers that receive victims and can secure evidence of their alleged assaults. […]

Nobel spotlights sexual violence

The Norwegian Nobel Committee turned the spotlight on the horrors of sexual violence, especially as a weapon in war, when it awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize on Friday to a Congolese doctor who has treated victims for years and a young woman who’s been a victim herself. Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad were hailed […]

Nobel Prize wins praise of its own

This year’s winners of the Nobel Peace Prize were being widely viewed as especially worthy of it, even by one of the biggest critics of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. A young football player in Tromsø was also thrilled, after his “Uncle Denis” was named a Nobel Laureate. “This is huge, there aren’t words to describe […]

Royals are finally invited to China

The Chinese government kept Norwegian officials in suspense, but have finally followed through on a promised invitation to King Harald and Queen Sonja. The royals will leave next week for a week-long state visit, their first to China in 21 years. It confirms how a diplomatic freeze between Norway and China has thawed, even though […]

Nobel speculation embraces ‘MeToo’

With two new members, one of them decribed as “a hard-core realist,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee is believed to have engaged in particularly “hefty debate” this year over who will win the Nobel Peace Prize next week. Speculation among Oslo-based experts on the Peace Prize process has centered on nominees tied to the hard realities […]