Human Rights means the rule of Law: Norwegian PM Erna Solberg,tells The Oslo Times 

Prime Minister Erna Solberg, with The Editor-in-Chief of The Oslo Times International News Network, Hatef Mokhtar. Photo: The Oslo Times

April 24, Oslo:  Norway‘s Conservative Party’s National Congress took place in Oslo, on Friday.

The daylong event saw dignitaries from various foreign Embassies in Norway, political leaders and various other national and international diplomats.

During the event Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg spoke about the achievements her party had made in past two years and their focus points.

She also highlighted the key issues regarding immigrants and asylum seekers in Norway and around the World. In her speech at the Conservative party congress, she emphasized that Norway will not will not sit idly by and watch the refugees drown in the Mediterranean.

” It is crucial to recognize that there are places in the World where people are not as privileged as us,” said Prime Minister  Erna Solberg, before adding that it is important that more countries now raise the stakes, and that the overall European effort is coordinated by the EU. “We have offered to set a ship at the disposal of the EU operation, and we will set it as quickly as possible in cooperation with the EU. And we have given an open offer and more help to come. The Mediterranean should not be a cemetery.”

She also stated that it is important to stabilize the situation and help in the development and democratization of  countries in Europe‘s neighborhood. Prime Minister, Solberg while recalling the importance of helping the victims of war, which Norway does through its refugee efforts,- added that they are looking to financially – help Syrian refugees. “In the past two years our efforts in Syria and Iraq have been substantial,” she said

Solberg  added that Norway was also part of  the team of that nations which helped get chemical weapons out of Syria.

She – raised concerns regarding the developments in Russia. “It is sad to see that this country, which has given the World so much, now is evolving in a wrong direction. In Russia democracy and freedom of expression are under extreme pressure. Russia has violated international law, annexed part of another country and destabilized Ukraine. Gays, NGOs and political opposition are experiencing harassment and abuse,” she said.

She added that her party is dedicated to fulfilling the promises they made during her campaign.  “We didn’t forget the promises as we are committed to fulfilling our responsibility towards the people,” she said.

While talking about the health sector and the efforts that her party was making she stated that the health care sector will get a boost -. “Believe me, it will change. In current year’s fiscal budget we have proposed NOK 400 million more against substance abuse, mental health and low threshold at health centers and school health services. I can notify the government, as part of the plan to earmark a further 400 million to drug rehabilitation in the municipalities in 2016, “she said.

Talking on national issues she informed that more than 5,700 student applications have been accepted in various High schools across the country. “And this shows that our teachers are dedicated to providing quality education and therefore we have seen an increase in the number of students making it through to high schools and colleges this year,” she said.

Meanwhile, responding to a query by The Oslo Times, Editor-in-Chief Mr. Hatef Mokhtar, regarding her views on Human Rights, she said that Human Rights to her means- freedom of expression, rule of law, religious freedom, and the right to make your own choices without being controlled by the government or other bodies.

A full report on the Conservative Party’s Congress will be published by The Oslo Times by next week.

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