Mr. Sven Marius Urke, head of the Norwegian Court Administration, Mr. Milan Tegeltija, President of HJPC, and Mr. Frits Bakker, President of the Trial Chamber of the Netherlands, signing the MoU. Photo: Norwegian Embassy Mr. Sven Marius Urke, head of the Norwegian Court Administration, Mr. Milan Tegeltija, President of HJPC, and Mr. Frits Bakker, President of the Trial Chamber of the Netherlands, signing the MoU. Photo: Norwegian Embassy

On July 3, representatives from The High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council of BiH, the Rechtspraak of the Netherlands, and the Norwegian Court Administration, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU).

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As part of the “Compact for Growth and Jobs” the EUSR has hosted 15 public debates across Bosnia and Herzegovina, regarding the socio-economic reforms that are outlined in the compact. The Norwegian Ambassador, Ms Vibeke Lilloe, attended the debate in Doboj on June 25.

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The Norwegian Ambassador, Ms Vibeke Lilloe, together with the award winners. Photo: Norwegian Embassy

On 10 June, The Norwegian Ambassador, Ms Vibeke Lilloe, attended a Journalist Award ceremony in Sarajevo.

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Human rights are high on the agenda of Norway’s foreign policy. These efforts are especially important in countries where these rights are challenged or under attack. In the following, you can also read about the struggle for LGBT rights in Norway.

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Sarajevo Open Centre presented their annual report on human rights of LGBT people in BiH. Photo: Anne Havnør/Norwegian Embassy

On May 19 the Joint Committee on Human Rights of the BiH Parliamentary Assembly organized a session about human rights of LGBT people. This was a milestone event for LGBT people in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as it was the first time that the BiH Parliamentary Assembly organized a thematic session that was completely devoted to the problems and issues that LGBT people are facing on an everyday basis.

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Director of ICBL Drago Gavric, the Norwegian Ambassador Ms Vibeke Lilloe and Minister of Science and Technology in Republika Srpska Mr Jasmin Komic. Photo: Norwegian Embassy

On June 24, the Norwegian Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ms Vibeke Lilloe, visited the new premises of Innovation Centre Banja Luka (ICBL).

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Forhåndsstem på ambassaden i Sarajevo fra 1. juli 2015

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On May 26, Norwegian Embassy Chargé d’Affaires a.i., Ms Anne Havnør, participated at the official opening of the newly reconstructed Basic Court Building in Prijedor. The reconstruction is part of the project “Improving Judicial Efficiency” which is co-financed by Norway, Sweden and the EU.

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May 17 is the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. This day is also Norway’s National Day, where we celebrate our constitution that provides democracy and human rights for all. We are proud to share our National Day with this important cause.

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