Democracy and human rights

Human rights are universal and apply to everyone. They establish that all human beings, irrespective of country, culture and context, are born free and equal in dignity and rights. Democracy policy includes general elections, measures to strengthen and protect the individual’s opportunities for influence, and measures to promote and guarantee respect for human rights. Human rights, democracy and the rule of law will also permeate all Swedish foreign policy.

Responsible for democracy and human rights

Responsible ministers

Alice Bah Kuhnke Minister for Culture and Democracy
Margot Wallström Minister for Foreign Affairs
Morgan Johansson Minister for Justice and Home Affairs

Responsible ministries

News about democracy and human rights

  • School elections initiative inspires young voters

    Photo: Jens Gustavsson/Folio

    In the spring amending budget for 2017, the Government is allocating SEK 5 million to the Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society to make preparations for school elections in connection with the 2018 national general election and the 2019 European Parliament election. The initiative will benefit a large number of pupils; approximately 1 800 schools took part in the school elections ahead of the 2014 parliamentary elections.

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