Objectives for democracy and human rights

The objective of democracy policy is a living democracy in which the individual’s opportunities for influence are strengthened. The objective of human rights policy is to ensure full respect for Sweden’s international human rights commitments. Other objectives subject to Riksdag decisions linked to the area are: national minorities, anti-discrimination and anti-racism policy, and Sami policy.

In the Budget Bill for 2018, the Government proposes a new objective for democracy policy: “The objective of democracy policy is a living, sustainable democracy, characterised by participation and equal opportunities to exercise influence.” If the Riksdag approves the proposal, the new objective will enter into force on 1 January 2018.

The objective of discrimination policy

The objective of discrimination policy is a society free from discrimination. 

The objective of the policy on minorities

The objective of the policy on minorities is to protect national minorities and strengthen their potential to exert influence, and support the historical minority languages to keep them alive.

The overall objective of Sami policy

The overall objective of Sami policy is to promote the Sami people's opportunities to maintain and develop their own culture, based on ecologically sustainable reindeer husbandry and other Sami livelihoods. One prerequisite for achieving the objective of Sami policy is that the Sami people are given opportunities to participate in the decision-making process on issues of significance to them, such as community planning.

Objective for human rights, democracy and the rule of law in foreign policy

The objective is for human rights, democracy and the rule of law to be integrated into all areas of foreign policy, in accordance with Government Communication 2016/17: 62.