Gunnar is working on international justice issues and human rights in Norway and has been our deputy secretary general for over 20 years.
“It has been a great journey with new challenges every day. You meet people with heart breaking stories. Sometimes there is little you can do but other times your contribution makes a real difference. These are the moments that make it all worthwhile.”
Gunnar came to us in 1997, working on international justice issues, establishing our engagement in Central Asia and initiating projects Turkey and Armenia. For a while he led our Russia program and a program of studying justice in Rwanda. He is involved in fact work and publication of reports and policy briefs.
“The Norwegian Helsinki Committee has developed in all possible ways since I started. I have witnessed the professionalisation of human rights work first hand. It has been a great experience.”
He has been involved with human rights since the late 80s and started out as editorial assistant and later editor of the Nordic Journal on Human Rights. He learned from some of the pioneers in human rights law and practice in Norway.
“I began working on human rights motivated by philosophical studies but wanted to be part of an organisation with operational goals and activities.”
Before joining the NHC, Gunnar worked as a church musician and composer. He has written extensively on human rights issues, international criminal law, and philosophical topics, including textbooks, reports, and articles. He studied philosophy, religion, history, mathematics, journalism, and human rights. He lectures at the University of South East Norway.
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