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Human Rights Service (HRS), a Norwegian foundation established in 2001, is an independent think tank that concentrates on issues and problems peculiar to multiethnic societies. Our particular focus is on the rights of woman and children – and on such violations of those rights as forced marriage, female genital mutilation, and honour killing.

HRS has no links to any political party.

Our belief is that in a democratic nation, basic human rights and responsibilities should apply to all. We monitor political and social developments, conduct research, and provide politicians and the general public with solid facts that are properly contextualized. We also make policy recommendations to the Norwegian Parliament as well as to governments in other countries.

The director of HRS is Rita Karlsen (Curriculum Vitae in English in pdf-format), a former researcher and advisor in the Office of the Auditor General of Norway.

The information director is Hege Storhaug (Curriculum Vitae in English in pdf-format), an experienced journalist and the author of Mashallah: A Journey among Women in Pakistan.

Contact Information:

E-mail: [email protected]

Rita Karlsen
Phone: 00 47 22 33 80 00
Cell phone: 00 47 90 86 56 29
E-mail: [email protected]

Hege Storhaug

Phone: 00 47 22 33 80 01
Cell phone: 00 47 90 66 01 06
E-mail: [email protected]

Postal Adress: Møllergata 9, 0179 Oslo, Norway

In June 2003, HRS published a book, Feminin Integrering, that was based on a report we had presented to the Norwegian government. Even before its publication, several acts were passed by the Parliament that were based directly on our recommendations. (For example, Norway is now the first Western country to secure Muslim women within its borders the right to Muslim divorce.) The book has now been translated into English under the title Human Visas: A Report from the Front Lines of Europe's Integration Crisis.

In January 2002, Fadime Sahindal, a swedish-kurdish girl, was murdered by her father in a so-called honor killing. Fadime has become a symbol throughout Scandinavia of two things at once - the oppression of girls and women with non-Western roots and the courage with which many of those girls respond to that oppression. Only two months before her shocking death, Fadime delivered a stirring and perceptive speech before the Swedish Parliament. It was her last public utterance.

Read Fadime Sahindahls speach

Articles from newspapers on the Internet - from all over the world:

19.02.06: Poll reveals 40pc of Muslims want sharia law in UK. Go to News Telegraph
19.02.06: The day is coming when British Muslims form a state within a state. Go to News Telegraph
08.02.06: Bonfire of the Pieties. Go to the Opinion Journal
02.02.06: The Evidence of Absence. Go to TCS Daily
12.01.06: The radical loser. Go to Sign and Sight
20.01.06: Muslim admits Koran breeds terrorism.... Go to the Times Online
19.01.06: India's Moral Police: The Fatwa against Mini-Skirts. Go to the Spiegel Online
January 2006: After the suicide of the West. Go to the New Criterion
January 2006: Iraq Is Not Vietnam. Go to the Policy Review

Arcive articles 2005

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