On Friday 03 September Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Jonas Gahr Støre formally opened a major international seminar in Oslo on the issue of more effective protection for human rights defenders at risk.
Hosted by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ford Foundation and Front Line the seminar brought together leading international non-governmental organisations from around the world to discuss how the international community can respond more effectively to the security and protection needs of human rights defenders at risk.
“Human rights defenders play an irreplaceable role in protecting victims, revealing abuses and demanding justice. We as a government work to strengthen their rights and possibilities to carry out their important work.", said Foreign Minister Støre.
The objective of the seminar was to bring together key actors involved in working for the international protection of human rights defenders to review the effectiveness of current efforts, identify gaps and discuss ideas and develop proposals for more effective action.