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Norway - Oslo

News from the Norwegian Human Rights House in Oslo - 2007

Image: Sahara talks at risk from Morocco action, says Polisario

Sahara talks at risk from Morocco action, says Polisario

Morocco is cracking down harder than usual on independence activists in Western Sahara raising doubts about peace talks due to start next week, the Polisario independence movement said on Monday. "Morocco´s behaviour may jeopardise the negotiations, as it could also jeopardise peace and stability in the region," Polisario´s foreign affairs spokesman Mohamed Salem Ould Salek told a news conference in the Algerian capital. 11 Jun 2007 »

Image: YouTube shut down in Morocco

YouTube shut down in Morocco

Moroccan internet users have been unable to access YouTube since last week, amid fears that the country´s government is imposing restrictions on independent media. State authorities blame a technical glitch but bloggers suspect an attempt to stifle pro-independence protesters in Western Sahara. Latest: YouTube is back on, with Maroc Telecom representatives siting a technical problem as the cause. 31 May 2007 »

Image: Media freedom under assault ahead of the 2008 olympics

Media freedom under assault ahead of the 2008 olympics

Despite official pledges, harassment of journalists and censorship are still prevalent, says Human Rights Watch in a fresh press release on the media situation in the People´s Republic of China ahead of next year's Beijing olympics. -The Chinese government is backtracking on new rules that allow much greater freedom to foreign journalists, and is continuing to deny comparable freedoms to Chinese journalists, Human Rights Watch said today. 31 May 2007 »

Image: Tie the knot - no matter who you are

Tie the knot - no matter who you are

A ´Say Yes´ campaign for non-discriminatory marriage laws in Norway is gaining momentum. In 2008, a new marriage law, in which same-sex relationships will be granted the right to marry, will be discussed and voted over in the Norwegian Parliament. It is far from certain, however, that a majority will vote in favour of the Bill. 29 May 2007 »

Image: HRH F signs appeal protesting mistreatment of Sahrawi students

HRH F signs appeal protesting mistreatment of Sahrawi students

Over the last two weeks, Sahrawi students at colleges and universities across Morocco and Western Sahara have been subjected to serious human rights violations. On 23 May, 43 Norwegian civil society organisations signed a letter to the Moroccan government, demanding that the attacks on Sahrawi students are stopped, and that their rights are respected. 24 May 2007 »

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