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      Canary in the Coal Mine

      The escalating climate crisis raises complex questions at the intersection of law, policy and science. Climate change threatens the effective enjoyment of a wide range of human rights, including the rights to life, private and family life and home, health, and culture. The purpose of this report is to examine the human rights protection of the Sámi people in Norway from the effects of climate change, who in many ways are the “canaries in the coalmine” of the climate crisis.

      The cover of the report "The Metaverse and Human Rights

      The Metaverse and Human rights

      In this report we identify what the Metaverse is and what it may become, as well as what this could entail for people, society, politics and human rights. This report is the result of a collaboration between the Norwegian Board of Technology and the Norwegian National Human Rights Institution.

      NIM-R-2022-008-EN
      Front page of the report "Drug use and human rights"

      Drug use and human rights

      This is an English summary of the Norwegian report “Rus og menneskerettigheter”. The report covers human rights issues within three areas: The use of punishment in response to drug use; Health and care services for people using drugs; Legal protection against discrimination for people using drugs.

      Municipalities in Norway and Human Rights

      The full report in Norwegian is available here. Municipalities in Norway have an independent responsibility to protect and promote human rights and they play a key role in safeguarding many human rights in practice. Municipalities are responsible for implementing human rights obligations in areas such as child welfare, care for the elderly and in primary […]

      Human Rights Protection against Interference in Traditional Sami Areas

      The subject of this report is the legal protection of indigenous peoples and minorities against interference (in the form of for example development projects) in their traditional areas, as enshrined in international human rights law and Norwegian law. Read the report “Human Rights Protection against Interference in Traditional Sami Areas” online here.

      Seminar report 2019 – Natural Resource Development, Business and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

      Natural resource development in indigenous areas, including the construction of wind parks as part of the national renewable energy initiative, raises several human rights issues. In June 2019, NIM arranged a seminar in Karasjok together with Norway’s National Contact Point for Responsible Business Conduct to discuss the impacts of natural resource development on the Sámi people and the responsibility of businesses to respect human rights. This is the report from the seminar.