Another Nobel Peace Prize for Africa

The leader of the Norwegian Nobel Committee made it clear on Friday that this year’s Nobel Peace Prize isn’t just aimed at recognizing and encouraging Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali for his efforts to secure peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea. It’s also meant to help resolve conflicts in the region, and is the latest […]

China meets some new opposition

NEWS ANALYSIS: Nine years after the Norwegian Nobel Committee infuriated Chinese officials by awarding the Peace Prize to jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiabao, the conciliatory tone that other Norwegian officials felt forced to adopt may finally get tougher. Telia Norge’s decision this week to dump Huawei as a supplier for the mobile operator’s 5G network […]

Nobel Committee ready for spotlight

The five members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee have once again been huddling for months over who should win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Speculation was flying around 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, but experts were skeptical and think other candidates including journalist- and arms control organizations were more worthy and likely to win on […]

MP accuses China of ‘manipulation’

UPDATED: “It’s clear China has manipulated us,” declared a Member of Parliament to Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on Tuesday afternoon. MP Petter Eide was responding to NRK’s report about how the Chinese Embassy in Oslo managed to prevent Amnesty International from mounting a protest when China’s third most-powerful man visits the Norwegian Parliament on Wednesday. Eide […]

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. […]