Norway has submitted its UPR report to the UN Human Rights Council

The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the UN system made up of 47 States responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe.

The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the UN system made up of 47 States responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe. Photo: UN.

The report on key human rights challenges and best practices in Norway was submitted to the UN Human Rights Council on September 8. It was drawn up by several ministries with input from civil society, reports the Norwegian Government.

When the UN Human Rights Council was established in 2006, it was decided that the human rights performance all UN member states should be reviewed, and that these states should draw up national reports in this connection. The scheme, which is called the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), is one of the Council’s most innovative initiatives. Norway will be reviewed during the council’s December session. The review takes the form of an interactive discussion, and will result in a number of recommendations to Norway from other UN members.

The review will be based on three documents: the national report drawn up by the authorities, a report summing up relevant reports from independent human rights actors, and a report from civil society.

The national report examines how Norway has followed up its human rights obligations. It sets out the results achieved and examples of good practice, as well as challenges and difficulties that we are facing.

The report is in addition to the periodic reports that UN member states submit under individual conventions.

The work on the national report is coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Click here to read the report

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