International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), 1966
Subject to reservations to Article 8, paragraph 1 (d) "to the effect that the current Norwegian practice of referring labour conflicts to the State Wages Board (a permanent tripartite arbitral commission in matters of wages) by Act of Parliament for the particular conflict, shall not be considered incompatible with the right to strike, this right being fully recognised in Norway.”
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), 1966
Subject to reservations to Article 10, paragraph 2 (b) and paragraph 3 "with regard to the obligation to keep accused juvenile persons and juvenile offenders segregated from adults" and to Article 14, paragraphs 5 and 7 and to Article 20, paragraph 1.
19 September 1995
[The Government of Norway declares that] the entry into force of an amendment to the Criminal Procedure Act, which introduces the right to have a conviction reviewed by a higher court in all cases, the reservation made by the Kingdom of Norway with respect to Article 14, paragraph 5 of the Covenant shall continue to apply only in the following exceptional circumstances:
1."Riksrett" (Court of Impeachment)
According to Article 86 of the Norwegian Constitution, a special court shall be convened in criminal cases against members of the Government, the Storting (parliament) or the Supreme Court, with no right of appeal.
2. Conviction by an appellate court
In cases where the defendant has been acquitted in the first instance, but convicted by an appellate court, the conviction may not be appealed on grounds of error in the assessment of evidence in relation to the issue of guilt. If the appellate court convicting the defendant is the Supreme Court, the conviction may not be appealed under any circumstances whatsoever.
31 August 1972
"Norway recognises the competence of the Human Rights Committee referred to in Article 28 of the Covenant to receive and consider communications to the effect that a State Party claims that another State Party is not fulfilling its obligations under the Covenant."
Optional Protocol to ICCPR, concerning individual petition, 1966
Subject to the following reservation to Article 5, paragraph 2: "... The Committee shall not have competence to consider a communication from an individual if the same matter has already been examined under other procedures of international investigation or settlement."
Second Optional Protocol to ICCPR, concerning abolition of the death penalty, 1989
Norway recognises the competence of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to receive and consider communications from individuals or groups of individuals within the jurisdiction of Norway in accordance with Article 14, with the reservation that the Committee shall not consider any communication from an individual or group of individuals unless the Committee has ascertained that the same matter is not being examined or has not been examined under another procedure of international investigation or settlement.
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), 1979
Optional Protocol to CEDAW, concerning individual complaints and inquiry procedures, 1999
Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT), 1984
Norway recognizes the competence of the Committee to receive and consider communications to the effect that a State Party claims that another State Party is not fulfilling its obligations under this Convention.
Norway recognises the competence of the Committee to receive and consider communications from or on behalf of individuals subject to its jurisdiction who claim to be victims of a violation by a State Party of the provisions of the Convention.
Optional Protocol to CAT, concerning regular visits by national and international institutions to places of detention, 2002
Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), 1989
Optional Protocol to the CRC on the involvement of children in armed conflict, 2000
International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (ICMW), 1990
In 2002, Norway decided not to become party to the UN Convention on Migrant Rights in 2002, as the wording of the Convention was considered to be so vague and imprecise on a number of points that it would be difficult to clarify the consequences and obligations that ratification would entail. Norway was also concerned that the Convention could undermine existing obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The duplication of existing rights, to some extent with variations, could be unfortunate, since this could lead to ambiguity. Norway has already ratified all the key human rights instruments and the ILO core conventions on workers’ rights. These also apply to foreign nationals resident in Norway. Norway participates actively in the UN and in various international forums where migrants’ rights are on the agenda, for instance the Global Forum on Migration and Development. Norway gives high priority to efforts to improve labour standards, which are also crucial in the context of migrants’ rights.
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), 2006
“Norway recognises that persons with disabilities enjoy legal capacity on an equal basis with others in all aspects of life. Norway also recognizes its obligations to take appropriate measures to provide access by persons with disabilities to the support they may require in exercising their legal capacity. Furthermore, Norway declares its understanding that the Convention allows for the withdrawal of legal capacity or support in exercising legal capacity, and/or compulsory guardianship, in cases where such measures are necessary, as a last resort and subject to safeguards.”
Articles 14 and 25
“Norway recognises that all persons with disabilities enjoy the right to liberty and security of person, and a right to respect for physical and mental integrity on an equal basis with others. Furthermore, Norway declares its understanding that the Convention allows for compulsory care or treatment of persons, including measures to treat mental illnesses, when circumstances render treatment of this kind necessary as a last resort, and the treatment is subject to legal safeguards.”
International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (CED), 2006
Other United Nations human rights and related conventions
Signature (S) Ratification (R)
Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, 1948
Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, 1951, and its 1967 Protocol
Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons, 1954
Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, 1961
Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, 1998
United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, 2000, and its Protocols against the smuggling of migrants by land, sea and air, and to prevent, suppress and punish trafficking in persons, especially women and children
Arms Trade Treaty, 2013
Conventions of the International Labour Organization (a selection)
Signature (S) Ratification (R)
Weekly Rest (Industry) Convention, 1921 (No. 14)
Forced or Compulsory Labour Convention, 1930 (No. 29)
Labour Inspection Convention, 1947 (No. 81)
Migration for Employment Recommendation, 1949 (No. 86)
Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention, 1948 (No. 87)
Migration for Employment Convention, 1949 (No. 97)
Right to Organize and Collective Bargaining Convention, 1949 (No. 98)
Equal Remuneration Convention 1951 (No. 100)
Social Security (Minimum Standards) Convention, 1952 (No. 102)
Geneva Convention (IV) relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, 1949
Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts (Protocol I), 1977
Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of Non International Armed Conflicts (Protocol II), 1977
Ottawa Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction, 1997
Convention on Cluster Munitions 2008
Regional human rights conventions
Conventions of the Council of Europe (a selection)
Signature (S) Ratification (R)
Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms 1950 (Norway has also ratified additional Protocols Nos. 1, 4, 6, 7 and 13 to the Convention, and signed additional Protocol No. 12)
European Social Charter (revised) 1996
European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment 1987
European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages 1992
Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities 1995
Additional Protocol to the Convention on Cybercrime, concerning the criminalisation of acts of a racist and xenophobic nature committed through computer systems, 2003
Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, 2005