Discussing pertinent human rights challenges
A long list of issues – some critical and controversial - were raised and discussed during the dialogue, all in a friendly atmosphere. Among the issues raised were children as victims of terrorism, the rights of children in the era of digital technology, juvenile justice, religious tolerance, freedom of speech. Under issues related to the police and military, there was particular focus on "Investigative Interviewing" and women in peacekeeping operations. Business and human rights was also addressed. In addition, how to enhance cooperation in multilateral fora was discussed.
The meeting was opened by the ministers for foreign affairs from both countries; Retno LP Marsudi from Indonesia and Ine Eriksen Søreide from Norway. The talks were led by Director General of American and European Affairs, Mohammed Anshor, Indonesia and Director General, Merete Fjeld Brattested, Department for UN and Humanitarian Affairs, Norway.
The Norwegian Centre for Human Rights was well represented in the Norwegian delegation. Lena Larsen, Head of the Oslo Coalition on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FORB), Aksel Tømte and Knut D. Asplund responsible for the International Department’s business and human rights, and rule of law work, respectively, together with guest researcher Asbjørn Rachlew participated. They presented NCHR's work, stemming from long-term engagement and cooperation with local partners in Indonesia, on enhancing FoRB, Investigative Interviewing and the rights-based implementation of the Indonesian Village Law. On behalf of the Norwegian delegation, Larsen introduced the topic Freedom of Speech under the sub-section on Democracy, Religious Freedom, and Culture of Tolerance, while Rachlew did the introduction on Investigative Interviewing by Law Enforcement, under the sub-section on Military and Police.