Norway has been elected as a member of the UN Human Rights Council together with the US.
“I am pleased that Norway has now been elected as a member of the UN Human Rights Council. Our work now begins in earnest. During the next three years we will participate actively in the Council. We will take our share of responsibility and work systematically to promote human rights,” said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.
“The aim of our engagement is clear. It is to ensure that individuals are better protected against abuse and have better access to the rights set out in existing standards and conventions in the field of human rights. As a member Norway aims to make a difference,” said the Foreign Minister.
“As a member of the Human Rights Council we will continue our efforts to ensure compliance with the prohibition against torture and to strengthen the rights of particularly vulnerable groups. We will also continue to support human rights defenders. We will particularly focus on the issue of internally displaced persons. We will stress the importance of corporate social responsibility. We will seek to increase the focus on freedom of expression, free media and the rights of women and children. We will use our voice in the Council to draw attention to serious human rights violations by oppressive regimes that are unwilling to cooperate or make improvements,” Jonas Gahr Støre said.