The Norwegian Burma Committee

The Norwegian Burma Committee (NBC) is a Norwegian NGO working only with Burma. NBC focuses both on information and advocacy work in Norway and development work on the border to and inside Burma.

NBC was established as The Norwegian Burma Council at the initiative of a group of Norwegians and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on January 2, 1992 following the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Aung San Suu Kyi in 1991.

From Council to Committee
The Council was established with the mandate to facilitate and channel Norwegian political and humanitarian support to the Burmese democracy movement, both within Burma and in exile. In 2001 the Norwegian Burma Council changed its name to the Norwegian Burma Committee.

The aim
The aim of NBC's work is to achieve a democratic Burma where human rights are respected, and where everybody has equal rights and access to participate and make decisions, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, class, ethnical or religious belonging. NBC aims at developing a strong, democratic and well-organized civil society that can be a driving force for change in Burma, and which can play an active role in the country when democratic changes start taking place.

Location and staff
Since June 2004, NBC has been part of the Human Rights House in Oslo in a cooperative of eight Norwegian human rights organisations. In addition to the board, which consists of nine members, NBC has three staff members: director, project coordinator and information officer.

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