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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Norway
May 7, 2019

33rd Session
Geneva, May 6, 2019 

as delivered by Anna Palladino

The United States welcomes the Norwegian delegation to the UPR Working Group.

We recommend that Norway:

  1. Take further steps to ensure proper investigation of and punishment for acts of violence against women, including spousal abuse, and work with specialized organizations to identify and address concerns which may negatively impact conviction rates.
  1. Instruct law enforcement authorities to address complaints of racial profiling of members of ethnic and racial minority groups, particularly young men, by keeping records relating to the stop and search of such individuals, and creating a system of confidential reporting of such incidents.
  1. Ensure consistent implementation of anti-discrimination laws, in particular by following the recommendations of the Norwegian National Institution for Human Rights to eliminate all forms of discrimination against the Sámi people, especially in the public health and education systems, and implementing the 2016-2020 Action Plan Against Anti-Semitism.

We compliment Norway on its outstanding human rights record and its robust engagement in human rights promotion abroad.  We commend the Oslo Police district on its special hate crimes unit and suggest that similar units be established in districts throughout the country.