How the Norwegian Helsinki Committee is functioning in the time of corona virus

These are challenging times. The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is joining international efforts to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. However, we’ll remain active in fighting for human rights and democracy.

We are taking the situation caused by the corona virus, COVID-19, very seriously. The most important task for all of us now is to stop the spread of the virus. 

We are following the Norwegian Governments advice and guidance and have therefore either cancelled or postponed all events and travels. We also do not take any visits at our office during this period. We recommend all who want to talk with us directly to contact us by phone or email so we can find online solutions for a meeting.

For the time being, we will have less capacity to answer requests on phone, and we ask everyone who wish to contact us to contact us by e-mail [email protected]. You may also contact staff members directly. Please find contact information of all our employees here. 

We appreciate the Norwegian Governments rapid response to limit the economic consequences of the virus. This is essential for the survival of us as non-governmental, non-profit, organizations. We will be in direct contact with all our partners who have their implementation of projects affected by this unprecedented situation. 

We will not be inactive because of the situation. Non-governmental organizations have always been innovative and found new ways to operate and thrive. We will do the same during these timesWe play important roles fighting authoritarian regimes and as builders of strong civil society and in furthering democratic principlesWe will find ways to continue with this!



Bjørn Engesland

Secretary GeneralEmail: [email protected]Phone: +47 95 75 33 50Twitter: @Bjorn1960
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Emil André Erstad

Head of CommunicationsEmail: [email protected]Phone: +47 92 29 45 94Twitter: @emiers
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