Norwegian NGO forum for human rights issues recommendations for 2010
In a letter to Jonas Gahr Støre, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, the NGO forum for human rights presents recommendations on issues of concern during this years’ sessions in the UN Human Rights Council, the UN General Assembly and in Norway’s bilateral consultations.
The recommendations highlight the worsening human rights situation in Russia, where the situation in the North Caucasus is particularly alarming. Among other issues are limitations in freedom of expression for human rights defenders in China, conflict and violence in Sudan and systematic human rights violations in Turkmenistan.
The NGO Forum also underlines the need to promote that operations by inter-governmental institutions, such as the World Bank Group, should be in a manner consistent with international human rights law; the establishment of access to individual communications procedure for violations of the Convention of the rights of the child, and the right to water. It expresses concern with the practice of illegal and secret detentions in the name of security and the precarious situation for religious minorities. The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is the secretariat of the Norwegian NGO forum for human rights.