Norway

Climate activists detained; clashes at anti-Islam protest

On 29th August 2020 an anti-Islam protest was staged in Oslo by the Stop Islamisation of Norway (SIAN), a far-right anti-Islam group. During the protest a member of the group ripped pages out of the Quran (the Islamic holy book) and proceeded to spit on them. A counter demonstration was also staged calling for “no racism on our streets”. Clashes erupted between the groups, with authorities using tear gas and pepper spray to disperse the groups and arresting 29 people. In a separate development, on the morning of 21st September 2020, around 40 climate protesters from Extinction Rebellion were arrested in Oslo.
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Climate activists detained; clashes at anti-Islam protest

Refugees in Norway threatened by their home governments; BLM protests draw thousands

A recent report commissioned by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research finds that refugees and immigrants in Norway experience extensive control, pressure and threats from their home countries’ governments. Following mass protests against racism in the US, after the death of George Floyd, a Black man, by a Minneapolis police officer, Black Lives Matter protests have spread across the globe, including in Norway, where thousands gathered in various cities. Read more

Refugees in Norway threatened by their home governments; BLM protests draw thousands

Hate crimes on the rise

Newspaper Aftenposten reports that the number of hates crimes in Norway has risen from 175 in 2016 to 278 in 2019. Attacks targeting Muslims have doubled from 19 to 46. However, these figures only include those cases where the victim has made a report to the police. The real numbers are almost certainly much higher because many incidents go unreported.
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Hate crimes on the rise

Norwegian media fall for Russian trolls

An investigation by Norwegian public broadcaster NRK has found that in the past few years all the major media outlets in Norway have placed tweets of Russian fake accounts on their websites. At least eight media outlets fell for the fake messages from the Internet Research Agency, a Russian 'troll factory'. Some tweets fuelled Islamophobia and spread fake news about US President Donald Trump. Read more

Norwegian media fall for Russian trolls

Attacks on religion as anti-Muslim group burns Quran and gunman attacks mosque

Following a mosque attack where a gunman opened fire in Bærum, close to Oslo, the Norweigan government has declared hate speech a priority. The gunman previously expressed far right and anti-immigrant views. Far right anti-Islam group, Stop Islamisation of Norway (SIAN), held two demonstrations but one turned violent when the groups leader burned a copy of the Quran. Read more

Attacks on religion as anti-Muslim group burns Quran and gunman attacks mosque

Pilots of Scandinavian Airlines on strike actions for six days

The pilots of Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) participated in a major strike from 27th April until 2nd May 2019. Read more

Pilots of Scandinavian Airlines on strike actions for six days

Far-right activism fuels debate on police protection of protest rights

In late September 2017, a Norwegian politician severely criticised the police for allowing a march by the Nordic Resistance Movement to go ahead. Read more

Far-right activism fuels debate on police protection of protest rights

Greenpeace Arctic protest "unlawfully" stopped by Norwegian Authorities

A protest vessel owned by environmental activist group Greenpeace against fresh oil drilling in the Arctic was boarded by Norwegian Authorities on 17th August 2017. Read more

Greenpeace Arctic protest "unlawfully" stopped by Norwegian Authorities

Proposed ban on face veils undermines Norway's free speech ranking

Despite its position on top of the 2017 World Press Freedom Index, Norway's lawmakers are moving ahead to ban wearing of full-face veils in schools. Read more

Proposed ban on face veils undermines Norway's free speech ranking

No guarantees of safe passage for Edward Snowden in Norway

On 28th September, a Norwegian court of appeals rejected a legal rewuest from fugitive former US spy contractor Edward Snowden against the Norwegian government. Read more

No guarantees of safe passage for Edward Snowden in Norway