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.
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laws that prohibit demonstrations, monitor social media and puts restrictions on freedom of expression, must be repealed.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.
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.
The Oslo Center has started a Youth Dialogue Forum for ethnic minority groups connected to the northernmost state in Burma – the Kachin.
How can a well-functioning inter-religious dialogue be established ? How can we create favorable conditions for cooperation between different religious groups and the authorities? How is freedom of religion or belief practised in Norway? A group of bureacrats from the Kyrgyz Republic visited Norway to find answer to these and other questions.
– I hope that the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to OPCW will facilitate a swift elimination of chemical weapons. The war in Syria has demonstrated the importance of this case; we have seen the horrendous consequences caused by such weapons, says the President of the Oslo Center, Mr. Kjell Magne Bondevik.
The Oslo Center participated this week in Putin’s unoffical birthday party, organized by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, Amnesty International Norway and the Norwegian LGBT organization.
– Our thoughts are with the victims, their loved ones and the Kenyan people, says Mr Kjell Magne Bondevik, the President of the Oslo Center.
The world needs courageous voices like Malala’s. She makes an important difference.