Oslo, November 25, 2014
SHRA handle over a memorandum to the Norwegian Parliament, State Department and Amnesty International – Norway
An international campaign of 16 days of activism against Gender-Based Violence starts today. Starts on November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and ends on December 10th, Human Rights Day.
Two demonstrations organized today in Oslo, Norway attended by several hundred including Sudanese. SHRA – Norway, organized the first demonstration starting from the Norwegian Parliament where SHRA president, Hatem Dirar Saleh, accompanied with representative members of the Executive Committee, handed over a memorandum to the Presidency of the Norwegian Parliament.
The event moved to the State Department, where the Deputy Foreign Minister of Norway, Hans Brattskar, met SHRA representatives before he was handed over the memorandum by Women and Children Officer, Amal Adam.
At the meeting, SHRA representatives summarized available information about the mass rape accusations and briefed on the position of the Sudanese government, United Nation Advanced Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and global reactions where they valued the position of Norway and the European Union, the United States and all countries calling for a thorough, impartial and prompt investigation into the Tabit.
Deputy Foreign Minister expressed his delight at the meeting and he welcomed the initiative to address the Norwegian government in this regard. He also stressed that Norway is closely following Tabit issue and he promised that they will be briefed on the note with great interest and take required action.
Afterwards, a copy of the memorandum was handed to Communications Officer for Amnesty International – Ingvild Lyberg.
At 5 pm, many Norwegian organizations, with the participation of SHRA, organized another demonstration from the main train station to the Norwegian Parliament where another memorandum was handed-over of demands to stop violence against women and to work to take action to reduce rapes in Norway and all over the world.