Freyja Haraldsdóttir has filed a case against the Government Agency for Child Protection in response to their denial of her application to become a foster parent.
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.
The Icelandic government has issued an apology to those who suffered abuse at Kópavogshæli, an institution for the disabled, which was operated 1952-1993.
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.
Today, Þórunn Ólafsdóttir received the City of Reykjavík Human Rights Award for her aid work on the Greek island of Lesbos.
The City of Reykjavík has officially welcomed a displaced writer from Cuba and will ensure he has a safe place to live and financial security.
“Given what we’ve heard from our members before we went there, I think it this is in accordance with that—no more, no less,” says Anna Lúðvíksdóttir, leader of the Icelandic chapter of Amnesty International.
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.
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...
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.”...
The Social Democrat Alliance youth organization is planning the event #OccupySaga today between 9 am and 12 noon, encouraging people to call the radio station Útvarp Saga and protest hate speech among the radio station’s hosts.
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.
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...
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.
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
Sveinbjörg Birna Sveinbjörnsdóttir explained in interviews yesterday that she had been impressed by Gústaf Níelsson’s writing but hadn’t been aware of his attitude towards LGBT people and therefore revoked his appointment to the Reykjavík’s Human Rights Council. Sóley Tómasdóttir of the Left-...
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.
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 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.
A group of 13 refugees from Syria will arrive in Iceland in the next few weeks. In the group are adults and children with disabilities.
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...
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.
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.