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Image: Norwegian oil company enters occupied Western Sahara

Norwegian oil company enters occupied Western Sahara

A huge Norwegian research vessel has in secret travelled to the coast of occupied Western Sahara. This weekend the Norwegian company Fugro-Geoteam started a controversial operation to carry out oil exploration, in defiance of the advice of the UN and the Norwegian government. 13 Jan 2009 »

Image: Rafto Laureate under siege in Western Sahara 
Copyright: Thomas Frantsvold
HRH Bergen

Rafto Laureate under siege in Western Sahara

In 2002, the Rafto Prize was awarded to the Saharawi symbol of freedom and liberation, Sidi Mohammed Daddach. At the time, he had endured more years in prison than outside. Six years on, he finds himself under constant surveillance, and Western Sahara still under Moroccan occupation. 15 Dec 2008 »

Image: Eritrea: a call to end impunity

Eritrea: a call to end impunity

State of Eritrea has the highest number of jailed and exiled journalists in Africa. As the world marked the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ARTICLE 19 called for an end to the persecution of journalists, drawing attention to the government's poor treatment of the country's media workers. 11 Dec 2008 »

Image: Norway does not give human rights defenders the protection they need

Norway does not give human rights defenders the protection they need

"Norway does not provide human rights defenders the protection they need, and thus the government violates its own stated mission to support and protect human rights defenders in practice, as Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre has stated in a speech in connection with today's 60-year anniversary of the World Declaration on Human Rights," says Norwegian Helsinki Committee's adviser Aage Borchgrevink. 10 Dec 2008 »

Image: Leyla Zana in Bergen November 2006, on the marking of the 20th Anniversary of the Rafto Human Rights Award. 
Copyright: Andrei Liankevich / Rafto Foundation
HRH Bergen

Leyla Zana sentenced to 10 years in prison

A Turkish court sentenced the Kurdish human rights activist Leyla Zana (47), right, to 10 years in prison on 4 December, reported Reuters, BBC and other international media. Zana was awarded the Rafto Prize in 1994. 05 Dec 2008 »

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