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.
In response to the U.S. Senate’s release of an excerpt of a report of the CIA’s interrogation methods last week, the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs issued a statement, saying access to the full report has been requested.
The application of Ghasem Mohmadi, an asylum seeker from Afghanistan, to reside in Iceland has been approved. Last spring, Mohmadi protested his planned deportation to Sweden under the Dublin Regulation with a hunger strike.
As of this afternoon, 3,019 Icelandic men have taken part in the campaign HeForShe which aims to mobilize men against the discrimination of women. The initiative was brought to life by a speech that actress Emma Watson gave on feminism at the UN Headquarters in New York on Saturday.