Norway Arrests Highlight Impact of Pandemic on Sex Workers
Human Rights Watch research finds that criminalization of buying sex also harms people who sell sex. It makes it harder for them to find safe places to work, work together, advocate for their rights, or even open a bank account. It stigmatizes sex workers and leaves them vulnerable to abuse by police. Governments Should Include Sex Workers in Public Health and Financial Support Responses. Read the full article by our co-director of the women’s Women's Rights Division Heather Barr, here.
Building Momentum to Hold Companies to Account
In 2020, you should be watching for a growing trend of national legislatures requiring companies to live up to their responsibilities to workers, communities, and the environment. Parliaments in Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Canada, Norway, Finland, and Austria are considering laws that would change the way that companies deal with human rights in their global operations. Read full article, here.
Europe Poll Supports Killer Robots Ban
100 States Support Norway’s Initiative to Protect Schools
The Safe Schools declaration contains common sense measures countries can take to make it less likely that schools will be attacked, and to mitigate the consequences if attacks occur.
This increased attention to the problem of military use of schools may be having a positive effect. Globally, incidents of military use of schools—as verified by the UN—have fallen since 2014.
A Nordic Comeback on Human Rights
Norway, with a tradition for discrete participation in peace mediation, has avoided country-specific leadership on human rights issues except for South Sudan since 2019. In the absence of leadership by larger states, it is incumbent on smaller states, individually and collectively, to ensure that multilateral tools remain relevant to address dire human rights situations. The Nordic countries have done so in the past; it is time for them to do so again.
Norways' non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council for the 2021-22 term, is a chance to become a principled voice for human rights and lead on country-specific situations, Bruno Stagno writes. Read full article here.