The Oslo Center had a good year in 2013 and continues to grow. Most remarkable is the Somalia program.
If the parties negotiating in Addis Abeba are able to reach an agreement, the biggest job still lies ahead of them: building a sustainable democracy in an increasingly divided nation.
Homosexuals in Uganda are facing terrible times ahead. The law that gives life-long sentences destroys the life to each individual and human rights are trampled in the dirt. No one is safe – it is in fact introduced severe punishments also for those who do not turn in people suspected of being gay.
We are excited for the positive development in Myanmar (Burma) the last years. But 2014 is a year of destiny for whether further democratization will occur. At worse we face a setback.
Local communities including the youth on the Kenyan coast feel marginalized and lack access to political participation. The legislation is there, but does not work sufficiently.
In Ukraine, the Prime Minister has sought his dismissal, and the opposition has won through with their claims that the undemocratic laws that prohibit demonstrations, monitor social media and puts restrictions on freedom of expression, must be repealed. New hope is lit for freedom and peace. But the path towards greater democratic reforms and better anchoring of human rights, however, seems long and tortuous.
South Sudan’s government and opposition movement have signed a ceasefire agreement. – We are happy for the agreement and we do hope that this stops all the figthings in South Sudan, Tore Torstad, the Oslo Center’s director says.
A ceasefire in South Sudan under international supervision must be in place immediately, and the negative propaganda done by both parties against each other also has to stop. These are demands from the member organizations of the Sudan Forum.
The life for the Uzbek minority has not improved much. After years of discrimination in high-skill jobs and public servant posts, the Uzbeks are now losing interest in education.
In the Norwegian newspaper “Vårt Land” January 2, a study was presented showing that the majority of both Israelis and Palestinians desire a two-state solution. Does this give hope for a peace agreement? Not necessarily. But it gives leaders on each side true confidence to attempt.