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70 Asylum Seekers Were Deported in March

85 people applied for asylum in Iceland this March. In March 2016, that figure was 48 and the number of applications in the first three months of this year is 60 percent higher than the same period last year.

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Report Reveals Abuse of Disabled at Institution

A report published yesterday sheds light on the harsh and inhumane treatment of children who stayed at Kópavogshæli, an institution for the disabled, which was operated in Kópavogur, Southwest Iceland, from 1952 to 1993.

Reykjavík Pride 2014.

Reykjavík Funds LGBT Rights Education

Representatives of the City of Reykjavík and LGBT rights association Samtökin ’78 signed an agreement on Friday including a funding of ISK 15 million (USD 113,000, EUR 102,000) for three years to the association for organizing LGBT rights education in the city’s elementary schools.

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Gay Rights Association Sues over Hate Speech

Icelandic LGBT rights association Samtökin ’78 filed charges this morning against ten individuals because of hate speech against LGBT people in connection with the discussion which arose after Hafnarfjörður became the first municipality in Iceland to include instruction about homosexuality in...

Reykjavík Pride 2014.

Sex Education and Gay Rights Row in Iceland on BBC

Hafnarfjörður recently become the first municipality in Iceland to include instruction about homosexuality in sex education. Musician Gylfi Ægisson caused outrage when commenting on Facebook that people should “protect the children” from “the indoctrination … by small but loud pressure groups.”...

Afghans in Iceland Condemn Farkhunda’s Murder

A group of Afghan women living in Iceland organized a peace gathering in Hljómskálagarðurinn park in Reykjavík on Tuesday to honor the memory of Farkhunda, a young woman who was brutally murdered by a mob in Kabul last week after being wrongly accused of burning the Koran.

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Foreign Caterers Discriminated against in Iceland

Foreign-born waiters and cooks are being discriminated against in Iceland, according to Níels Sigurður Olgeirsson, the chair of Matvís, the labor union of food producers and caterers in Iceland. Níels maintains that these workers generally receive the same pay as common laborers, a lower salary...

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One Billion Rising against Violence in Iceland

The initiative One Billion Rising, organized by UN WOMEN to end violence against women, will take place across Iceland today at 12 noon with dancing in Reykjavík in the southwest, Akureyri in the northeast, Ísafjörður in the West Fjords and Seyðisfjörður in the East Fjords.

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New Representative Appointed to Human Rights Council

The appointment of Gréta Björg Egilsdóttir as the Progressive Party’s deputy representative on Reykjavík’s Human Rights Council was approved yesterday after the party withdrew its controversial appointment of Gústaf Níelsson shortly after it was announcement last month

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Icelandic Blasphemy Law up for Review

Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson stated on the first day of the spring session at the Alþingi parliament on Tuesday that the law on punishment for blasphemy can be reviewed, in response to a request from Pirate Party MP Helgi Hrafn Gunnarsson.

Reykjavík City Hall

Human Rights Council Appointment Withdrawn

The Progressive Party’s councilpersons in Reykjavík have decided to withdraw the appointment of Gústaf Níelsson as the party’s deputy representative on the city’s Human Rights Council after it was protested by fellow party members and others.

MP for the Independence Party Ásmundur Friðriksson.

MP Criticized for Comments on Muslims

MP for the Independence Party Ásmundur Friðriksson has expressed his opinion in the past days that the background of all Muslims in Iceland should be checked following the terrorist attacks in Paris last week. The MP has been harshly criticized for his comments.

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Interior Minister Apologizes to Leak Affair Victims

A letter of apology from the Ministry of the Interior, signed by former interior minister Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir and undersecretary Ragnhildur Hjaltadóttir, was received by the three persons named in the document Hanna Birna’s former assistant, Gísli Freyr Valdórsson, leaked to the media in...

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Former Iceland Minister Defends CIA Flights Report

Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, who served as Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs in 2007 when a report on the CIA’s extraordinary rendition flights in Iceland was carried out, denies that the report wasn’t thorough, even though there may be a reason to reopen the case.

'Apartheid' cocktail.

‘Apartheid’ Cocktail Wreaks Havoc in Iceland

A cocktail called ‘Apartheid’ has been removed from the menu of Icelandair Hotel Marina and the hotel’s owner has apologized for it having been on offer in the first place, after facing criticism in the foreign media yesterday, including in stories on CNBC and Time.

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