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Human Rights Service (HRS) is a Norwegian organisation which was founded in 2001.
It describes itself (since 2007) as a "non-partisan independent think tank which work with themes attached to the new multiethnic and multireligious Norway and Europe". Through spreading information, HRS has as its aims to contribute to a better integration of immigrants, and prevention of violations of central human rights. Its general manager is Rita Karlsen, and its leader of information is journalist and commentator Hege Storhaug. In 2009, Bruce Bawer also joined HRS to "contribute essays", "translate major HRS articles into English" and "solicit, edit, and translate columns by international commentators from a range of languages into both English and Norwegian".
The organisation, which has seen some controversy, has since 2002 received public funding, initiated by demands from the Progress Party when it supported the Bondevik II government. Controversy has erupted mainly as a result of criticism by Somali-Norwegian writer and former HRS employee Amal Aden in 2009 over the alleged work methods of the organisation. The Directorate of Integration and Diversity in 2009–10 considered forcing the organisation to pay back all the funds it had been granted since its initiation, but eventually concluded otherwise.
- "Om HRS". Human Rights Service (in Norwegian). 7 September 2007. Retrieved 17 December 2010.
- "Human Rights Service". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). 4 March 2009. Retrieved 17 December 2010.
- Bawer, Bruce (21 October 2009). "Bruce Bawer joins forces with HRS". Human Rights Service. Retrieved 17 December 2010.
- Glomnes, Lars Molteberg (7 July 2009). "– Var det opp til meg, ville de ikke fått støtte". Dagbladet (in Norwegian). Retrieved 17 December 2010.
- Glomnes, Lars Molteberg (8 April 2010). "HRS må ikke betale tilbake støtte". Verdens Gang (in Norwegian).
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