In this report, NIM reviews the human rights framework in relation to the collection of Sámi statistics.
The report outlines the human rights-based approach to indigenous statistics, explaining why disaggregated data is essential for the implementation of indigenous rights, but also why appropriate safeguards must be in place to protect indigenous peoples’ data and prevent its misuse. In addition, the report considers the history of Sámi statistics in Norway and examines the Sámi-specific data sources that are available today.
Although there is no explicit human rights obligation on States to disaggregate statistical data by ethnicity or indigenous status, NIM believes that the current approach to Sámi statistics in Norway does not provide an adequate empirical basis for monitoring the equal enjoyment of the Sámi people’s human rights.
The report is also available in Norwegian.
A summary of the report is avaliable in Sámi.
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.
In this report, we wish to clarify State authorities’ human rights obligations to prevent, combat and investigate violence and abuse where the person exposed to violence or abuse is Sámi. The report also examines the situation today to better understand the challenges that prevent Sámi victims of violence from receiving adequate help and the measures implemented by Norwegian authorities to remedy this problem. We point out deficiencies in the State’s compliance with its obligation to secure the rights and freedoms of the people within its jurisdiction and make a number of recommendations for improvement.
The report is also available in Sámi and Norwegian.