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European Union NGO Forum to address violence against children

This year's annual European Union - NGO Forum on Human Rights will be held in Sweden on 6-7 July as part of the Swedish presidency of the European Union. The Forum will be dedicated to child rights with a special focus on violence against children.

Nyamko Sabuni at the Baltic Pride festival in Riga

"Twenty years ago, citizens in half of Europe lacked the right to free speech, the right to elect leaders, the right to freedom. Twenty years ago, we could never imagine a unified Europe, with 500 million citizens living together in democratic states. You should feel pride in your country's journey from oppression and occupation to democracy and European cooperation.

Still - there are people in Europe who live without equal rights, afraid of discrimination and abuse because of sexual orientation. The struggle against oppression continues in new forms."

Sweden reviewed by the UN Human Rights Committee

The United Nations Human Rights Committee submitted its observations and recommendations to Sweden on April 2.

Swedish election observers to Albania

Sweden will send seven election observers and a statistician to Albania ahead of the parliamentary election on 28 June.

The decision to send election observers follows a request from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

ICC issues arrest warrant for Sudanese president

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has found that there are reasonable grounds to suspect that Sudanese President al-Bashir is guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Sweden regards the work of the ICC as an important step in the efforts of the international community to combat impunity and, in so doing, promote human rights and humanitarian law.

Read more about the ICC

Photo: Pawel Flato

How do we implement human rights?

Rights Work! - the international conference on systematic work for human rights implementation was the first of its kind. It was organised by Sweden in cooperation with the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights in November 2008. In a final conference report conclusions and recommendations for the continued work to implement human rights are presented.

European Court of Human Rights clears Sweden

On 20 January, the European Court of Human Rights announced that enforcing the decision to expel a person to Iraq would not entail a violation of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. The European Court of Human Rights thus shares the Swedish Government's assessment of the case.

International Children's Day in Sweden

International Children's Day is linked to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child from 20 November 1989. The United Nations encouraged all states to establish a children's day as early as 1953. Each country decides itself when the day is to be celebrated. In Sweden, International Children's Day is celebrated on the first Monday in October. The idea is that all sectors of society are to focus on the needs and rights of the child on this day.Photo: Ingram

Swede elected to the UN Human Rights Committee

Mr. Krister Thelin

Swedish judge Krister Thelin was elected today to the UN Human Rights Committee. Mr Thelin is currently serving as a judge with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

Carl Bildt welcomes release of political prisoners in Belarus

Former presidential candidate Alexander Kozulin was pardoned on Saturday and Sergei Parsyukevich and Andrei Kim have been released from prison.
"Sweden welcomes the release of the last remaining political prisoners in Belarus. It is important now that Belarus does not again imprison people on political grounds," says Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt.