On May 20-22 the First Lady of Afghanistan, Rula Ghani, hosted the Third Symposium on Afghan Women's Empowerment in Kabul. The symposium, where Norwegian foreign minister Børge Brende was also present, put women’s empowerment higher on the afghan political agenda.

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Norway will provide NOK 208 million in humanitarian aid to Afghanistan in 2016, twice as much as in 2015. This was announced 21 May, when Norway's Foreign Minister, Mr Børge Brende, visited Kabul

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Norway will host the sixth World Congress Against the Death Penalty in Oslo 21-23 June 2016. The Congress will attract 1300 participants from over 80 countries, including ministers, parliamentarians, academics, lawyers, and members of civil society.

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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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In response to the large number of asylum seekers entering the country, the Norwegian Government has proposed legislative amendments that among other things will enable the swift return of certain asylum seekers.

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