A new strategy for human rights, democracy and the rule of law 2018–2022
The Swedish Government has adopted a new strategy for human rights, democracy and the rule of law that will apply to Swedish development cooperation between 2018 and 2022.
"We are seeing worrying trends around the world. The space for civil society is shrinking. It is becoming more and more difficult for human rights defenders and civil society actors in general, and journalists too, to do their work and scrutinise those in power. These dangerous global trends must be combated," says Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin.
The strategy is based on three areas: inclusive and democratic societies, equal rights for all, and security, justice and responsibility. It will serve as a development cooperation toolbox to fight negative global trends.
Human rights are an integral part of international law and a prerequisite for upholding peace and security, and for just, gender-equal and sustainable development. They are key to upholding democracy and the rule of law. But, at the same time, they in turn require systems of democracy and the rule of law to be fully enjoyed.
Democracy and respect for human rights and the rule of law are goals in and of themselves, but also a means of achieving other goals. Women's and girls' enjoyment of human rights is central to all three dimensions of sustainable development, democracy and adherence to the rule of law.