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UN slams Norway for violations of the rights of children....

[b]UN slams Norway for violations of the rights of children, Sami minority, women, homeless etc.[/b]

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

In a critical report, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has slammed Norway for various violations of the rights of its own Sami minority, children, trafficking in women for sex etc .

This report of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (E/C,12/1Add.109, 23 June, 2005) was issued after concluding its 34th Session in May, 2005.

The report has listed 45 "principal subjects of concerns" and suggestions for improving the conditions of the victims of Norwegian policies.

The Committee has :

1 Urged Norway "to ensure" that the Sami people are given the right to participate in the management and control of natural resources in their territory." The Committee has asked Norway to report back on the implement of the Finmark Act which deals with the Sami minority.

2. Urged Norway "to address the situation of children who are removed from their families and place in institution or foster homes. Expressing "concern at the high number of children who are removed from their families and placed in institutions or foster home", the Committee has asked a for report "on the number and ethnic origin of children placed in institutions or foster home, the average period of placement, the reason for such placement and the measures taken to reunite children with their biological parents."

3. Expressed its concern that the "many asylum-seeking children who suffer from trauma and illness are not afforded adequate assistance"

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