Alternative report to the un human Rights Committee regarding Norway’s sixth Periodic report under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights December 2010



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Alternative report to
the UN Human Rights Committee
regarding Norway’s sixth Periodic report
under the International Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights


December 2010

Submitted by the following organizations in the


Norwegian NGO-forum for Human Rights:

Human Rights Committee of the Norwegian Bar Association

Norwegian Helsinki Committee

Norwegian Organization for Asylum Seekers

Norwegian Psychologist Association

Amnesty International Norway

Save the Children Norway

International Commission of Jurists Norway

Norwegian Center against Racism

Human Rights House Foundation



INTRODUCTION

25 November 2009 Norway submitted its sixth Periodic report under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) on the status of the implementation of the Covenant in Norway.

The present report has been prepared by Norwegian NGOs to give input to the UN Human Rights Committee in advance of its examination of Norway’s account of the human rights situation.

We welcome this opportunity to address human rights issues in Norway to the UN Human Rights Committee and we are grateful for the openness the Committee showed to Norwegian NGOs during the examination of Norway’s 5th report in New York in March 2006.

The present report covers a vast thematic area and we believe all very relevant issues to an examination of Norway’s implementation of ICCPR, but still we would like to highlight the following particular concerns before the Committee:


  • The right to be brought promptly before a judge after arrest

  • Police arrest, duration and conditions

  • Involuntary deprivation of liberty and use of force in psychiatry

  • Protection of refugees with reference to article 7 of the ICCPR

  • Implementation of the Istanbul-protocol

  • Ratification of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

  • Transfer of responsibility of care for unaccompanied asylum seekers in the age group 15-18 years of age to the Child Welfare Services.

These topics are elaborated below. The report is organized first according to article of the ICCPR, then according to the thematic sequence of Norway’s 6th report. We have split the text into sections with standardized headings containing the following information about the section in question:



  • ICCPR article;

  • The title of the subject, most often the title being used in the Norway’s Sixth Periodic Report.

  • The numbers of the paragraphs dealing with the same issue in Norway’s Sixth Periodic Report.

  • Keywords indicating our main message under the topic.

We are grateful for any attention that the UN Human Rights Committee may dedicate to these and other issues raised in this alternative report, during the examination of Norway’s 6th periodic report. We hope that representatives of at least some Norwegian organizations will be able to attend the examination expected to take place in the fall of 2011 at Geneva to provide the Committee with additional, and perhaps, further updated information on human rights in Norway.

On a final note, the NGO-forum for Human Rights wants to extend a special thanks to Lawyer Knut Rognlien for his many contributions to human rights cases before domestic and international courts and bodies and to alternative reports to international human rights bodies, including to the present report. Mr Rognlien is now retiring from the Bar Association’s Human Rights Committee after many years of service.

Questions regarding this alternative report may be directed to the Norwegian NGO-forum for Human Rights c/o Norwegian Helsinki Committee, Kirkegata 5, 0143 Oslo, NORWAY. Contact person, Ole B. Lilleås at lilleas@nhc.no.

Oslo, December 2010

CONTENTS


ICCPR Article 2 5

ICCPR article 3 9

ICCPR article 6 10

ICCPR Article 7 14

ICCPR Article 8 32

ICCPR Article 9 33

ICCPR Article 10 44

ICCPR article 14 47

ICCPR Article 18 48

ICCPR Article 19 49

ICCPR Article 23 50

ICCPR Article 24 52

ICCPR Article 25 53

ICCPR Article 27 53



ICCPR Article 2


ICCPR Art.

Subject

State report para.

Keyword

2

Legal Aid


8-10

Income limits
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