International Department News

Published Dec. 7, 2018 5:24 PM

NCHR held briefings on investigative interviewing for the committee on torture and the sub-committee on torture in Geneva. The committees offered valuable input on the development of a Universal Protocol. 

Published Dec. 5, 2018 11:15 PM

The first handbook in the NCHR supported series about the implementation of the anti-domestic violence law in China is now published.

Published Dec. 3, 2018 5:54 PM

The book Islamic Jurisprudence of Guardianship: Re-reading Guardianship Rights for the Protection of Women from forced Marriage and Girls from Child Marriage challenges traditional ways of thinking about the father’s role in child marriage.

Published Nov. 23, 2018 1:32 PM

The NCHR was invited by Renmin University Law School in Beijing to discuss and give lectures about police investigations and Investigative Interviewing methods recently.

Published Nov. 13, 2018 11:46 AM

Two Chinese academics were invited to Geneva to attend a three-day training workshop on UPR and learn how academics can engage in the process under the auspice of NCHR and the Geneva Academy. 

Published Nov. 9, 2018 10:52 AM

NCHR's Lena Larsen participated as rapporteur at the high level conference "Combatting Intolerance and Discrimination, with a focus on Discrimination based upon Religion or Belief: Towards a Comprehensive Response in the OSCE region" in Rome last week. 

Published Nov. 9, 2018 9:42 AM

How to comply with human rights in operational policing through the application of the investigative interviewing method? This was the main topic of a seminar for police officers organised in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Present were also academic institutions involved in developing human rights curriculum for the police academy. 

Published Nov. 6, 2018 9:43 AM

In March 2018 Dr. Si Li started the first undergraduate course on gender and human rights at Guangzhou University after participating in teacher training seminars under the auspice of NCHR partners RWI and CUPL. 

Published Nov. 5, 2018 1:31 PM

The 13th Bilateral Human Rights Dialogue between Indonesia and Norway took place in Nusa Dua, Bali on Sunday, October 29, 2018. 

Published Oct. 31, 2018 3:08 PM

Last week, NCHR guest researcher Dr. Si Li, held a seminar presenting her analysis of the legal rights of LGBTI people in China. 

Published Oct. 29, 2018 9:52 AM

Last week NCHR co-hosted the side event "Progress on the Development of the Universal Protocol on Investigative Interviewing and Associated Safeguards" at the UN in New York. The event was moderated by Assistant Secretary General (ASG) for human rights, Andrew Gilmour, and brought together UN agency, civil society and member state representatives.

Published Oct. 19, 2018 4:04 PM

NCHR contributes to the international conference “Fair treatment of People in Police custody”, organised by Brandenburg University of Applied Police Sciences in Oranienburg, Germany, 16-17 October.

Published Oct. 12, 2018 3:04 PM

Monday 15 October NCHR is co-sponsoring a side event to the 73rd General Assembly titled "Progress on the Development of the Universal Protocol on Investigative Interviewing and Associated Safeguards".

Published Oct. 12, 2018 7:22 AM
Published Oct. 11, 2018 3:21 PM

In September 2018, NCHR guest lecturer Dr. River Kate Hustad was invited by several universities in Beijing and Shanghai.


Published Oct. 11, 2018 2:57 PM

On Tuesday 9 October 2018, Professor Wei Zhang, NCHR’s guest researcher, held a seminar on China’s position on how to strengthen the UN human rights treaty body system.

Published Oct. 9, 2018 1:34 PM

The second teacher training lecture series on Gender and Human Rights Education took place in Shanghai in the end of September. The aim is to facilitate so that more universities in China are able to offer courses on human rights issues related to gender inequality. 

Published Sep. 26, 2018 8:43 AM

NCHR chaired a session on Rights, Minorities and Religion under the 18 Annual International Conference in Islamic Studies at IAIN Palu, Indonesia, 17-20 September.

Published Sep. 26, 2018 7:53 AM

23 participants from 16 different countries participated in a one-week intensive, multi-disiplinary course in human rights at NCHR in the first week of September.

Published Sep. 18, 2018 4:21 PM

This was the main conclusion of a seminar organised at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights Tuesday September 11, 2018. The topic of the seminar was Indonesia 20 Years after the Fall of Suharto, and the emphasis was mainly on the human rights situation. 

Published Sep. 6, 2018 12:34 PM

Rumah KitaB in collaboration with the Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI) and the Oslo Coalition, held a book launch and an international seminar following the publication of the Indonesian translation of Gender and Equality in Muslim Family Law. Justice and Ethics in the Islamic Legal Tradition.

Published Sep. 3, 2018 3:50 PM

On a roundtrip to several Nordic countries in August, a delegation from the South China Normal University, Guangzhou, China paid a visit to the NCHR on 29 August. 

Published Aug. 16, 2018 3:57 PM

Read online or download report for 2017 prepared by the NCHR International Department. 

Published Aug. 15, 2018 2:14 PM

More than 60 young Chinese and international PhD and master students participated in the seminar series 2-7 July on UN Human Rights Mechanisms in Beijing. 

Published Aug. 8, 2018 10:24 AM

More than 30 representatives from Asian NGOs working on disability and SOGI issues are participating in the conference organised by NCHR, the Research Center for Ars Vivendi (RCAV) of Ritsumeikan University in Japan and the East Lake Institute at Wuhan University in China.

Published July 9, 2018 12:15 PM

On a roundtrip to several European countries, a delegation from Colombia’s Special Jurisdiction for Peace visited the NCHR to inform about its work and current challenges facing transitional justice in Colombia.

Published June 28, 2018 1:56 PM

70 people showed up to hear Dr Laode M. Syarif, Deputy Head of the Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), talk about the human rights implications of natural resource extraction and corruption in Indonesia. 

Published June 21, 2018 11:31 AM

Chinese scholars visit Oslo to learn from Norwegian experiences and discuss gender equality and human rights.

Published June 20, 2018 10:18 AM

Victoria Sandino, from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), visited the NCHR to talk about the peace agreement, the gender perspective in the peace process and the challenges after Colombia’s Presidential election.

Published June 11, 2018 1:08 PM

NCHR professor Gentian Zyberi was invited to lecture at the Human Rights Master's Programme at Peking University, China 21-28 May 2018.

Published May 25, 2018 2:45 PM

Thirteen scholars and academics from China, Cuba, Indonesia, Iran, Norway and Vietnam attended the II training on UN Human Rights Mechanisms 14-18 May.

Published May 16, 2018 9:15 AM

22 Chinese university lecturers gathered in Beijing for the Capacity Building Workshop on Gender and Human Rights 11-13 May.

Published Apr. 27, 2018 1:46 PM

Eko Riyadi, head of NCHR's long-time partner The Centre for Human Rights Studies at the Islamic University of Indonesia (Pusham UII) recently published a new Indonesian textbook on human rights law.

Published Apr. 26, 2018 10:33 AM

NCHR and the Norwegian Police University College were invited to convene a course in investigative interviewing for 35 police investigators at the Civilian Police Academy in São Paolo, Brazil. 

Published Apr. 10, 2018 9:23 AM

The Thai Public Broadcasting Service, PBS interviewed NCHR's Gisle Kvanvig and Norwegian Police during the first workshop on «From interrogation to investigative interviewing» organised in Thailand.

Published Apr. 5, 2018 1:15 PM

From March 27-29, thirty-seven delegates from thirteen different countries in Northeast and Southeast Asia came together to strengthen human rights education throughout the region through a meeting series hosted jointly by Mahidol University and the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights.

Published Mar. 25, 2018 9:30 AM

The NCHR and The Norwegian Police Academy (PHS) conducted the first seminar on Investigative Interviewing in Bangkok on 22 March.

Published Mar. 20, 2018 2:48 PM

NCHR is pleased to announce the 2018 Intensive Course on International Human Rights.

Published Mar. 15, 2018 12:55 PM

The Visiting Scholar Programme at the International Department, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (NCHR) offers 2-3 researchers from Mainland China and Indonesia the unique opportunity of becoming a guest researcher at the NCHR for a period of one to two months, preferably starting September 2018.

Published Mar. 8, 2018 10:35 AM

The event, organized by New Horizons in British Islam, provided a platform for conversation and exchange of knowledge and practices towards reform of Islamic thought. 

Published Feb. 16, 2018 4:19 PM

José Miguel Vivanco, director of Human Rights Watch's Americas division visited the NCHR to advocate for the rights of the Wayuu people, the largest indigenous group in Colombia.

Published Feb. 12, 2018 3:17 PM

25 lawyers protecting freedom of religion or belief in Indonesia received intensive training for five full days.

Published Feb. 2, 2018 12:57 PM

On 24-25 January, around 180 people gathered in Jakarta to discuss implementation of the law. The key concern was how to strengthen participation and democracy at village level, amid concerns that regulations from above undermined village autonomy and the scope for inclusive bottom/up processes. 

Published Jan. 17, 2018 1:22 PM

Report launched in Jakarta: The report is based on fieldwork carried out since 2015 in the provinces Riau, Bengkulu, Central Sulawesi and West Kalimantan, and is written by the Institute of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in cooperation with the NCHR.

Published Jan. 11, 2018 1:15 PM

The Convention against Torture Initiative (CTI) held its Annual Forum in New York 12 December 2017, providing an important opportunity for reflection on the status of realising the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the prohibition against torture. 

Published Dec. 15, 2017 12:57 PM

More than 50 Chinese and Nordic partners of the NCHR China Programme participated in the celebration of the 20th anniversary.

Published Dec. 12, 2017 4:21 PM

Activists with extensive experience working for religious minorities were gathered for two intense days in Bogor, 4-5 December.

Published Dec. 5, 2017 3:31 PM

This week, the NCHR held a workshop on Gender equality and Human Rights for Chinese University professors in Shanghai. 

Published Nov. 30, 2017 6:42 AM

As the first foreign organisation, the China Programme at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights received the Li Buyun Law Price this week.

Published Nov. 30, 2017 6:35 AM

2017 marks a milestone of the NCHR having supported legal education and research in China for 20 years. 

Published Nov. 10, 2017 3:30 PM

On 8 November 2017, the International Department  organized a seminar on Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the New Law of Management of Foreign NGOs in China with the guest researchers Lulu Zhou and Chi He.

Published Oct. 30, 2017 3:00 PM

The conference in Newcastle mid-October brought together police, military and intelligence practitioners as well as academic researchers.

Published Oct. 24, 2017 2:19 PM

Representatives from more than 30 Asian NGOs working on disability issues are participating in the workshop, organised by the NCHR and partners from the East Lake Institute for Social Advancement (EISA) in Seoul, South Korea.

Published Oct. 24, 2017 9:17 AM

More than 40 police officers and investigators from seven police districts in central Vietnam are gathered in Danang this week. 

Published Oct. 18, 2017 10:43 AM

'Truth without torture: A role-play on investigative interviewing' launched at a public event at Palais des Nations in Geneva. The event was followed by an OHCHR-seminar on the implementation of effective safeguards against torture. 

Published Sep. 28, 2017 11:49 AM

Yazidi activits Sarab Barakat and Nasir Kiret were participants at the Introductory Course on Human Rights. Both intend to use the knowledge they acquired to promote the rights of minorities upon return to Iraq. 

Published Sep. 22, 2017 1:30 PM

Watch the high-level panel discussion at the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Published Sep. 21, 2017 4:00 PM

The NCHR is now in New York with Norwegian police preparing for the panel Torture During Interrogations: Illegal, Immoral, and Ineffective during the opening week of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly.

Published Sep. 7, 2017 2:54 PM

The International Department at the NCHR hosted a seminar with guest researcher Yifeng Chen, Associate Professor at Peking University Law School and Special Adviser Wei Chen from the Economic and Social Affairs Department at the Norwegian Confederation on Trade Unions (LO).

Published Sep. 6, 2017 2:42 PM

On 22 August the Norwegian Center for Human Rights hosted a seminar on the legal protection and policy development against domestic violence for women, children, and the elderly, focusing on the new anti-domestic violence law in China.

Published Aug. 29, 2017 4:45 PM

The NCHR hosted a panel on Human Rights of Women and Sexual Minorities in China during 'Age Agency and Ambiguity' -an international conference on gender and generations in times of social change held in Oslo this week.

Published Aug. 23, 2017 3:37 PM

The NCHR attends high level UN meeting in New York to promote global standards for police interrogation based on Norwegian experience.

Published Aug. 17, 2017 3:34 PM

Petter Wille, the Director of the Norwegian National Human Rights Institution visited Beijing from 2-8 July.

Published Aug. 16, 2017 2:35 PM

An overview of main activites conducted by the International Department in 2016. Download report

Published June 21, 2017 1:29 PM

The NCHR and Ecosoc Institute, in cooperation with Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Delang arranged five discussions on management of assets and natural resources at village level. The discussions attracted more than 100 participants.

Published June 16, 2017 9:17 AM

Victoria Sandino, leader of the gender commission from FARC-EP visited NCHR today to present and discuss the challenges and the achievements of including gender in the peace talks following 50 years of armed conflict in Colombia. She is in Oslo as FARC attend the Foreign Ministry's Peace Forum this week.

Published June 16, 2017 9:17 AM

New minister endorses training by NCHR partner to ensure 'game-changing' Village Law comply with human rights and involve women and indigenous people. 

Published June 16, 2017 9:17 AM

On December 27, 2015, the 18th meeting of the 12th session of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress examined and approved the Anti-Domestic Violence Law of the People's Republic of China. The law came into effect on March 1, 2016. For more than a decade, the NCHR had supported the Domestic Violence Network that worked to pass the law and to fight against domestic violence in China.

Published June 16, 2017 9:17 AM

Two trainings on ‘rights-based implementation of the Indonesian village law’ were recently held by the NCHR Intenational Department in the districts Southwest Sumba and Lamandau.

Published Apr. 10, 2017 11:03 AM

NCHR advisor Aksel Tømte explained the vulnerability of locals in land-related conflicts involving corporations during the opening of the Moot Court Competition’s final stage in Bandung, West Java Bandung 7. April.