Human Rights Service

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Human Rights Service
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Formation 2001
Headquarters Oslo, Norway
Rita Karlsen
Hege Storhaug
Nina Hjerpset-Østlie
Website Official website

Human Rights Service (HRS) is a Norwegian non-governmental organization and foundation founded in 2001, that is currently managed by Rita Karlsen, Hege Storhaug and Nina Hjerpset-Østlie.[1]

It describes itself as a "non-partisan independent think tank that works with themes connected to the new multiethnic and multireligious Norway and Europe".[2] Through spreading information HRS aims to contribute to better integration of immigrants, and preventing violation of human rights. It has become known especially for its work against forced marriage and oppression of women based on culture or religion.[3] The organisation has since 2002 received public funding, initiated by demands from the Progress Party when it supported the Bondevik II government.

HRS has been praised by Ayaan Hirsi Ali.[4] American writer Bruce Bawer has formerly worked for the foundation.[5][6]

Controversy has erupted as a result of criticism by some immigrant women formerly affiliated with the foundation, including former employee Amal Aden criticising the alleged work methods of the organisation.[7][8]


  1. ^ Om HRS
  2. ^ "Om HRS". Human Rights Service (in Norwegian). 7 September 2007. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Human Rights Service". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). 
  4. ^ Ali, Ayaan Hirsi (26 August 2006). "Women the Future of Freedom". American Enterprise Institute. 
  5. ^ Bawer, Bruce (21 October 2009). "Bruce Bawer joins forces with HRS". Human Rights Service. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
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  7. ^ Glomnes, Lars Molteberg (7 July 2009). "– Var det opp til meg, ville de ikke fått støtte". Dagbladet (in Norwegian). Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  8. ^ "Bryter med sine allierte". VG. 28.02.2004.

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