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Support for religious communities’ security work
The Government proposes giving continued support for security-enhancing measures among religious communities through the Swedish Commission for Government Support to Faith Communities. SEK 7 million will be allocated.
Freedom of religion is key in Sweden. It must be a given that everyone is able to practise their faith without having to fear threats and violence.
Developments around the world have led to an increase in threats and hatred directed at religious targets.
Religious buildings and other institutions, such as schools, are vandalised. People who wear obviously religious symbols are also at risk of being exposed to threats, violence and harassment purely on the grounds of their religious affiliation.
The judicial authorities are ultimately responsible for public order and safety, but the Government considers that an important supplement to the work of these authorities is to provide continued support for security-enhancing measures among religious communities through the Swedish Commission for Government Support to Faith Communities.