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The Foreigner UN states criticise Norway on human rights, religion. Norway was censured for a number of issues at the United Nations’ Universal Periodic review this week. Criticism came during the second Review on human rights pertaining to 14 states. Russia called for Norway to take action against religious intolerance, criticised the child welfare system, and recommended that Norway improve its asylum facilities.

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UN states criticise Norway on human rights, religion

Published on Friday, 2nd May, 2014 at 10:00 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 2nd May 2014 at 10:12.

Norway was censured for a number of issues at the United Nations’ Universal Periodic review this week.



Criticism came during the second Review on human rights pertaining to 14 states.

Russia called for Norway to take action against religious intolerance, criticised the child welfare system, and recommended that Norway improve its asylum facilities.

Saudi Arabia expressed the need for Norway to make criticism of all religions and of the Prophet Mohammed illegal in the Scandinavian country.

They also criticised Norway for failing to protect its Muslim citizens and the concerns of “increasing cases of domestic violence, rape crimes and inequality in riches” after the continuation of racial hate crimes against Muslims in Norway.

In 2013, a pig’s head was thrown at the Central Jamaat-e-Ahl-e Sunnat mosque in Oslo’s Grønland district with the slogan “always a Wiener for a Muslim.”

Foreigners in the Norwegian capital are subjected to the most hate crimes, earlier reports have shown. Officers considered 22 of the some 47 cases to be regarding ethnicity. 15 were to do with sexual orientation, six cases concerned religion.

A British academic has stated Norway is particularly bad when it comes to racism. People with foreign-sounding names are less likely to be called to interview.

The Right-Wing coalition government has recently released its policies regarding immigration and asylum.

“Of course, it’s slightly paradoxical that countries which do not support fundamental human rights and we know break them pose critical questions,” Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende told NTB newswire prior to the human rights review, in which 91 other countries expressed their concerns in general.

Foreign Minister Brende and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay signed an agreement in Geneva on the 28th April for the support of the UN’s human rights efforts.

Norway will provide NOK 250m (almost USD 41.97m) to this, NOK 70 million (about USD 11.75m) higher than previous contributions.

“At a time when human rights are coming under increasing pressure, the UN’s and the High Commissioner’s efforts are crucial. The Government attaches great importance to human rights in its foreign and development policy, and this is why we are increasing our support for the work of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights,” stated the Norwegian Foreign Minister.




Published on Friday, 2nd May, 2014 at 10:00 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 2nd May 2014 at 10:12.

This post has the following tags: humanrights, norway, immigration, asylum.





  
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