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. The rights of the child, discrimination, international law, disabilities, the Constitution of Sweden and personal privacy, national minorities and the Sami also come under the area of democracy and human rights.

Responsible for democracy and human rights

Responsible ministers

Alice Bah Kuhnke Minister for Culture and Democracy
Morgan Johansson Minister for Justice and Migration
Åsa Regnér Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality
Margot Wallström Minister for Foreign Affairs

Responsible ministries

News about democracy and human rights

  • International high-level meeting in the Riksdag on displaced children

    • Åsa Regnér, Sweden’s Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality.

      Åsa Regnér, Sweden’s Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality.

      Photo: Joanna Abrahamsson/Government Offices of Sweden

    • A panel discussion was held on child rights challenges in migration in Europe.

      A panel discussion was held on child rights challenges in migration in Europe.

      Photo: Emma Gårdsäter/

    • Fredrik Malmberg, Ombudsman for Children in Sweden,

      Fredrik Malmberg, Ombudsman for Children in Sweden,

      Photo: Emma Gårdsäter/Government Offices of Sweden

    On 24 April, a high-level meeting on displaced children was held in the Riksdag. It was organised by the Ombudsman for Children in Sweden, the Children’s Welfare Foundation Sweden and the Riksdag. Sweden’s Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality Åsa Regnér was one of the keynote speakers at the meeting, which was attended by children’s representatives from a number of European countries and child rights experts from across Europe, as well as representatives of Swedish government agencies and civil society organisations working with child 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.

Spectators at an arena.
- The Paralympics are more than just a sporting event. The Games are also important in the work of creating a more inclusive society in which everyone can participate. The Swedish model is a prerequisite for this,” said Ms Regnér. Foto: Joanna Abrahamsson//Government Offices

Welfare contributes to an inclusive society

“Welfare makes it possible for people with disabilities to be included in society,” said Åsa Regnér, the minister with responsibility for disability issues, as she represented the Swedish Government at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro on 7–9 September.

Illustration: Government Offices of Sweden

Actions to Make Society More Resilient to Violent Extremism

This Communication provides an account of the measures the Government has implemented to safeguard democracy against violent extremism. The aim of these measures is to improve our knowledge of violent extremism and develop preventive initiatives and methods. These measures will enable authorities, municipalities and civil society organisations, including faith communities, to contribute in a more coordinated and effective manner to safeguard democracy against violent extremism.

Photo: Folio

Convention on the Rights of the Child about to become Swedish law

The Government intends to make the Convention on the Rights of the Child part of Swedish law. On 19 February 2015 the Government adopted supplementary terms of reference for the Inquiry on the rights of the child appointed in March 2013. The assignment has been extended and the Inquiry has been delivered as a full report by 11 Mars 2016 (SOU 2016:19).

Young boy studying in a classrum.
During the autumn, the Government has taken a number of decisions and initiatives to support municipalities in their work with unaccompanied minors. Photo: Folio

The Government helps municipalities place unaccompanied minors

The reception of large numbers of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in 2015 involved a considerable undertaking on the part of the municipalities to achieve a good long-term system of reception in which account is taken of children’s rights. Although the number of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in Sweden has decreased, Sweden will probably receive a large number of unaccompanied girls and boys in coming years too.

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