Norway's statement during the General Debate on Item 4


Norway remains deeply concerned about human rights violations in Syria, Iran, DPRK, Eritrea, Myanmar and South Sudan. We address these situations in separate statements.

In Venezuela, Norway is concerned by reported violations of civil and political rights. It is crucial that the authorities in Venezuela ensure prompt and impartial legal process for all arrested members of the opposition.

In Azerbaijan, the situation for civil society, independent media and human rights defenders remains dire. We urge the release of arrested human rights defenders and journalists, and call on the Government to allow civil society to exist without undue interference.

In Uzbekistan, opponents of the governement are reportedly being harassed and imprisoned by the thousands. We are deeply concerned by allegations of torture and ill-treatment of prisoners. As we approach the anniversary of the Andijon tragedy, we call on Uzbekistan to work with the mechanisms available within this Council.

We remain concerned about the human rights situation in Russia, especially with regard to fundamental freedoms and the situation for civil society.

After Russia's illegal annexation, the human rights situation in Crimea has deteriorated dramatically. The same goes for areas in Donbas where Russian-backed rebels continue to suppress and harass the civilian population. We welcome the openness of Ukrainian authorities to address challenges in the sphere of human rights and regret that parts of the country remain outside their control.

Over the last year we have seen how the lack of progress in the Israel/Palestinian peace process dramatically affects the humanitarian situation in the occupied Palestinian territory. Norway renews the call on all duty bearers to comply with their human rights obligations. Such compliance may help to reduce tensions and prevent further escalations of violence. It is urgent to resume negotiations towards a two-state solution that can end the conflict.