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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Concluding Observations


Effective and systematic follow up

Norway’s last National Plan of Action on human rights of 1999 is no longer operational. The Norwegian Centre for Human Rights as the National Institution for Human Rights in Norway and several Norwegian NGOs reported on the need for a new plan of action to the UN Human Rights Council on the occasion of the UPR of Norway. The 1999-plan foresaw effective follow-up of the recommendations of international monitoring mechanisms as one of the most important measures to strengthen human rights in Norway. However, a proper system for this is still not in place.

Recommendation to Norway:

We recommend that Norway create better procedures for the follow up, both at the national and local level, of recommendations made by international human rights monitoring mechanisms. This task should be a key part of a new National Plan of Action for human rights.



State Report para



National Institution for Human Rights

Not mentioned

Need to strengthen

The Norwegian Center for Human Rights at the University of Oslo is the National Institution for Human Rights in Norway. At the time of writing the Centre’s activities are being reviewed by an external working group which has yet to publish its findings and recommendations. The review was initiated as it was clear that the tasks related to the National Institution were not well integrated into other fields of work at the Centre, that the Centre is performing only a minimum of what can be reasonably expected from a National Institution and that questions are being asked whether or not a National Institution can perform well with an ambition of active promotion of human rights within the framework of the University of Oslo.

Two representatives of civil society organizations are serving on the board of the Centre. They have maintained over a long period of time that there are insufficient resources for the tasks of a National Institution at the Centre, and especially that the budgetary resources set aside for the functions of National Institution have not been fully used for those purposes at the Centre.

Recommendation for the Committee:

Follow up by asking the Government about future plans on how to secure a strong national institution to monitor the situation for human rights in Norway.

ICCPR article 3



State Report para.



Gender-based discrimination


Co-ordination, resources, statistics

The government of Norway has long focused attention on equal opportunities for women and men in public life, work, political participation, representation and leadership. Despite this, unequal power relations between men and women prevail, and gender-based discrimination against women continue to pose limitations on women’s ability to enjoy rights and freedoms on a basis of full equality with men. A profound expression of gender-based discrimination in Norway is the state’s failure to act with due diligence to prevent, investigate and punish gender-based violence against women, and to provide victims of gender-based violence with adequate rehabilitation and compensation.

Norway is to present its periodical report to the CEDAW in 2011/2012. Several Norwegian NGOs intend to take that opportunity to present an alternative report, inter alia, to elaborate different aspects of gender-based discrimination in greater detail.

ICCPR article 6



State Report para.



Suicides and murders by psychiatric patients


Co-ordination, resources, statistics
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