Human Rights 2003 Annual Report on Norway’s Efforts to Promote Human Rights
Human rights are universal. According to international law and the Norwegian Constitution, it is the duty of the central government to ensure observance of human rights. It is also our duty to promote international respect for human rights. Human rights are a key focus of the Government’s work. The Sem Declaration of 8 October 2001 commits the Government to following up the Action Plan for Human Rights that was presented in 1999. The main objective of the Action Plan is to determine how the Norwegian authorities can help to protect human rights as effectively as possible. This Annual Report is a status report on our efforts to achieve this objective in 2003. The Annual Report is structured according to the different rights and international implementation mechanisms. Domestic and international conditions are described in the same section in order to show the connection between national and foreign policy initiatives.