International Department News

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Published Jan. 20, 2020 10:37 AM

On 15 January, the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (NCHR) had the honor to receive this year’s first Chinese academic delegation from China University of Foreign Affairs (CFAU) at our brand new Law Faculty building Domus Juridica.

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Published Dec. 19, 2019 1:55 PM

A new NCHR supported Chinese book about Business and Human Rights in the UN System was launched in Beijing on 16 December.  

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Published Dec. 5, 2019 3:45 PM

Members of the Oslo Coalition on Freedom of Religion or Belief visiting Buddhist Universities in Myanmar to lecture and engage in dialogue on Buddhism and human rights.

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Published Nov. 14, 2019 9:53 AM

Ms. Ingebjørg Hansen from the Oslo Police shared Norwegian experiences with non-coercive Interviewing during a high-level panel at the UN Headquarters in New York.

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Published Nov. 13, 2019 3:17 PM

Although Human Rights Education (HRE) has taken root in most countries in Asia, there is a wide range of issues that needs to be addressed regarding HRE both in Asia and in Europe.

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Published Nov. 1, 2019 1:02 PM

NCHR becomes secretariat for drafting a manual providing advice for UN police peacekeepers on advanced methods of investigative interviewing. 

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Published Oct. 31, 2019 1:15 PM

The Official Launch of the book "Remapping and Analysis of Human Rights and Peace Education in ASEAN/Southeast Asia" and a subsequent regional workshop took place at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta 17-18 October. 

Published Oct. 30, 2019 10:19 AM

This weekend NCHR held a guest lecture at Bhayangkara University, Indonesia, on human rights and the internet. The lecture was attended by master students studying cyber laws.

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Published Oct. 28, 2019 2:12 PM

This weekend, the NCHR and the Constitutional Research Institute at China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) held a workshop on gender equality and human rights for Chinese university teachers in Chengdu, Western China.

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Published Oct. 27, 2019 12:28 PM

Last week, the NCHR organised a seminar about the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) and equal recognition before the law for people with intellectual disabilities.

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Published Oct. 10, 2019 11:40 AM

The ECOSOC Institute and the NCHR have conducted research in three Indonesian provinces on oil palm cultivation and economic rights in rural areas. The research found a high level of land conflicts and that access to food, water and health was better in villages not (primarily) cultivating this crop.

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Published Oct. 10, 2019 11:39 AM

Selected other publications and events from NCHR:

Published Oct. 9, 2019 4:02 PM

Course number two in Thailand this year in investigative interviewing took place in Bangkok in September. Forty officers from police, military and intelligence (of which 16 were women) attended the course.

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Published Oct. 9, 2019 3:16 PM

NCHR offers stipends for visiting scholars for their research related to international human rights law. In 2019, four scholars from Indonesia, China and Vietnam were awarded stipends to carry out their research at the NCHR. One of the experts came from the Party School of the Central Committee of the C.P.C in Beijing for his research project on economic development and human rights.

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Published Oct. 9, 2019 2:44 PM

The seminar titled "Academic Freedom and Challenges in the Era of Neoconservatism and Developmentalism" was held in Malang, Indonesia on September 4 and attanded by more than 100 univsersity lecturers, journalists, students and NGO representatives. 

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Published Oct. 9, 2019 2:37 PM

23 participants from 13 different countries participated in a one-week intensive, multi-disciplinary course in human rights at NCHR in the second week of September.

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Published Oct. 9, 2019 2:36 PM

NCHR hosted an “Interfaith and intermedia dialogue” involving a large delegation from Indonesia, and representatives of Norwegian ministries and Norwegian faith and life-stance communities on Sept 30 - 1 October.


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Published Aug. 14, 2019 1:34 PM

Invited by the Institute for Human Rights at China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL), Special Adviser Petter Wille from the National Human Rights Institution in Norway visited Beijing 8-13 July.

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Published Aug. 14, 2019 1:08 PM

The NCHR has supported the publication of three Chinese books about how to counter domestic violence against children, against women and against the elderly. The books were launched on July 13 with a seminar about the implementation of the Chinese anti-domestic violence law.

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Published June 29, 2019 3:31 PM

From 10-13 June 2019, the 3rd Regional Meeting on Business and Human Rights Education was organized in Bangkok by SHAPE SEA and NCHR, gathering 35 participants from North and South East Asia.

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Published June 26, 2019 12:00 PM

BLOG POST: Since January 2019, British and Norwegian experts have supported an anti-torture program led by Restart in Lebanon. The project entails training representatives from the Lebanese police, investigative judges and security forces in how to conduct interviews and think like investigators.

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Published June 25, 2019 2:30 PM

In cooperation with Indonesian Institute for Independent Judiciary (LeiP) NCHR has organised a workshop in preparation of an upcoming training programme for 1600 new Judges in Indonesia.

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Published June 21, 2019 1:51 PM

Dr. Zhang Liu, Senior Analyst at the Child Welfare Research Centre, China Philanthropy Research Institute at Beijing Normal University introduced her work with the 'children first' integrated community development programme at NCHR on June 17.

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Published June 20, 2019 11:10 AM

The NCHR hosted a panel on Legal Education for Equality in China during the International Conference of the Nordic Association for China Studies (NACS) in Bergen last week.

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Published June 14, 2019 3:25 PM

Professor Bård Anders Andreassen from the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights visited several universities in China for a lecturing tour on Business and Human Rights 23-30 May.  

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Published May 29, 2019 3:13 PM

The NCHR Oslo Coalition hosts panel at the seventh annual "Law and Religion in Africa Conference", organised by the African Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (ACLARS) in Botswana. 

Published May 15, 2019 10:12 AM

Professor Gentian Zyberi, head of the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, visited Peking University and gave a series of lectures on civil and political rights 5-12 May. 

Published May 14, 2019 10:37 AM

Twelve academics from China, Cuba, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia and Vietnam were invited by the NCHR and the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights to attend the co-organised, fifth training on the UN Human Rights Mechanisms in Geneva 6-10 May. 

Published Apr. 16, 2019 11:41 PM

The drafting group on the Universal Protocol on Investigative Interviewing and Associated Safeguard gathered at the University of Oslo 2.-3. April to review and edit the current draft of the Universal Protocol. 

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Published Apr. 12, 2019 2:12 PM

25 Asian academics and NGO representatives working on disability, gender and SOGI issues met in Kathmandu, Nepal 20-22 March to discuss a book project on disability, sexuality and gender in Asia.

Published Mar. 29, 2019 2:13 PM

The Visiting Scholar Programme at the NCHR International Department, offers three researchers from Indonesia, P.R. China and Vietnam the unique opportunity of becoming a guest researcher at the NCHR for a period of one month starting from mid-August 2019.

Published Mar. 25, 2019 1:30 PM

NCHR recently submitted a series of recommendations to the OHCHR on “Strengthening and enhancing the effective functioning of the human rights treaty body system”. 

Published Mar. 8, 2019 12:34 PM

ASEAN Education Ministers Meeting (ASED) has formally acknowledge a human rights and peace education programme aimed at higher education institutions in ASEAN.

Published Mar. 8, 2019 9:28 AM

The theme for the International Women’s Day this year is ‘Think equal, build smart, innovate for change’ with focus on innovative ways to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Published Mar. 7, 2019 4:06 PM

Several pertinent human rights isssues were discussed at a seminar in Surabaya, Indonesia on February 26. All speakers were former master students or had been visiting researchers at NCHR.

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Published Mar. 7, 2019 4:05 PM

Former Indonesian NCHR students and guest researchers met in Surabaya to establish an alumni-network, providing a platform for members to present ongoing research and aim for joint publications.

Published Feb. 15, 2019 1:06 PM

Former NCHR guest researcher, Dr. Herlambang P. Wiratraman received the 2018 Muh. Yamin Constitution Award in Indonesia in November. 

Published Feb. 11, 2019 9:30 AM

Former Executive Director of Amnesty International Turkey, Idil Eser, is currently a guest researcher at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights - and on trial in Turkey. 

Published Feb. 4, 2019 3:16 PM

For the sixth time, FRR Law Office and Bareskrim Polri in cooperation with the University Police College of Norway and the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights organised a training course in Investigative interviewing in Indonesia.

Published Feb. 1, 2019 9:57 AM

Two Vietnamese academics were invited by NCHR and the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights to attend an intensive training on Universal Periodic Review held in connection with the review of Vietnam before the UN Human Rights Council. 

Published Jan. 3, 2019 10:09 AM

NCHR's Intensive Course in Human Rights will be arranged in September 2019. 

Published Dec. 18, 2018 10:36 AM

NCHR participated in open and closed sessions with Tunisian criminal justice and human rights authorities, briefing the participants on the initiative for a Universal protocol on investigative interviewing and associated safeguards.

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.