‘I would like to congratulate this year’s winner of the Rafto Prize, Iraqi feminist Yanar Mohammed. She has for many years been a courageous champion of women’s rights in Iraq,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.  For a number of years, the Norwegian authorities have been supporting local Iraqi women’s organisations combating violence against women and children and seeking to invo

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‘The crisis in Syria is having unspeakable consequences for millions of people in Syria and its neighbouring countries. The best way we can help is by providing direct assistance in Syria and the region. For this reason, Norway is now increasing its aid to Syria and the region to NOK 2.4 billion for 2016. We intend to maintain this high level of assistance and will provide a total of around NOK...

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‘It is essential to increase climate finance for poor countries in order to reach agreement in Paris and so that the new agreement can be implemented effectively,’ said Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

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Dance performance by Izzat Izzat. Egypt 2014. . 
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‘It is extremely important that artists in the Arab world are given the opportunity to express themselves freely,’ Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende said.

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‘Norway condemns in the strongest possible terms the abhorrent killings committed in the name of the terrorist group ISIL in Libya. Our condolences and deepest sympathy go to the families of the deceased, to Egypt and the Egyptian people. The Coptic Christians are an integral part of Egyptian society,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is launching a new strategy today for efforts to promote freedom of expression. ‘Freedom of expression and independent media are under growing pressure. Norway is therefore strengthening its international work in this field,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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'The political dialogue in Libya has resulted in the final text of a political agreement for Libya that safeguards the main interests of both sides in the conflict. Norway fully supports the agreement, which was presented to the parties late on Monday evening by the UN's Special Representative for Libya, following protracted negotiations under the auspices of the UN,' said Minister of Foreign...

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‘The conviction of three Al Jazeera journalists is a step backwards for freedom of expression in Egypt,’ said State Secretary Bård Glad Pedersen.

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‘I condemn the bomb attacks in North Sinai yesterday, in which at least 30 people were killed and many injured. Most of the casualties were Egyptian soldiers. The bombings are the latest in a series of serious terrorist attacks that have taken place in Sinai and the rest of Egypt over the last year. Our thoughts and sympathies are with those who have lost loved ones in yesterday’s attacks,’ sai...

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