Couple of Muslim countries, led by Saudi Arabia criticized Norway’s human right records, during a seminar on Human Rights organized by UNO. They accused Norway of not protecting the Muslim minority in Norway and the prophet Mohamed.
According to them, Norway’s law doesn’t protect enough the prophet and Islam that can be criticized in Norway. It seems that more than 50 countries were protesting, a majority of them are small sultanates. Borge Brende,minister of foreign office of Norway, immediately reacted, protesting against this accusations. He pointed out that it is a paradox that countries which do not support fundamental human rights have influence on the council, but that is the United Nations,”. Back in 2010, the government blocked the construction of a mosque that was funded by private donors from Saudi Arabia, judging against nature the acceptation of a donation from people who don’t respect religion freedom. Relationships between Norway and Saudi Arabia started declined in 2005 when a danish newspaper published cartoons about the prophet Mohamed. Norway and France were then accused by monarchies from Gulf to spread cartoons that insults Islam and Saudi citizens have been arrested in Norway, preparing terror attacks.
Indeed, the 2012 report of Human right Watch showed that Saudi Arabia is arresting and “judging” political opponents and is using violence against non-violent citizens. The report also showed the total absence of protection of women, girls and the nine millions of foreign workers. In 2014, a law defining atheist as terrorist passed. Article one of the new provisions defines terrorism as “calling for atheist thought in any form, or calling into question the fundamentals of the Islamic religion on which this country is based”.