Norwegian and International Support to Human Rights Defenders - under and after COVID-19

The Norwegian Center for Human Rights (NCHR) and the Norwegian Human Rights Fund (NHRF) have the pleasure of inviting key institutions and individuals to strategize on how to advance the agenda on the Right to Defend Rights and support to human rights defenders in the frontline.

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Event flyer. Photo illustration: NCHR

The event is open to all, but registration is required:

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This seminar will focus on the role of human rights defenders in creating sustainable, peaceful and just societies, in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goal 16. It will look at the role and support of the Norwegian government, Oslo Municipality, the University of Oslo and the Norwegian civil society in the protection of individuals and organisations working for human rights and peaceful and just societies. How can these institutions collectively – and individually – meet the needs of the day, both during and after COVID-19?


13:00-13:10: Welcome by the Rector of the University of Oslo, Svein Stølen. 

Welcome by the organizers: NHRF (Executive Director Sandra Petersen) and NCHR (Head of Department Gentian Zyberi). 
Short introduction of the panels by the facilitators. 

13:10-14:25: Panel 1:  The current situation of Human Rights Defenders and protection work
Key speakers:  

  • Asha Kowtal, Dalit Human Rights Defender, India
  • Idil Eser, former Director of Amnesty International Turkey and visiting scholar at NCHR
  • Luciana Peri, Coordinator of Shelter Initiatives,
  • John Peder Egenæs, Director of Amnesty International Norway  

Moderator: Nora Sveaass, Professor Emeritus (University of Oslo), member of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) and member of NHRF’s Advisory Board. 

14:25 – 14:45: BREAK. 

14:45 – 16:00: Panel 2: The role of international, national and local support to Human Rights Defenders  
Short video messages from human rights defenders from different countries with recommendations to Norwegian and international actors supporting human rights defenders.  
Key note: Mary Lawlor, UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defender  


  • Ine Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Foreign Affairs  
  • Marianne Borgen, the Mayor of Oslo
  • Mary Lawlor, UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders  

Moderator: Sandra Petersen, Executive Director, NHRF.  

Concluding remarks by Kathrine Raadim, Director of the International Department, NCHR. 

The digital event will be streamed on Facebook. 

Download: Panel biographies

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Published Nov. 26, 2020 9:08 AM - Last modified Dec. 3, 2020 10:41 AM