Measures against anti-Semitism and for enhanced security
Several measures against anti-Semitism and for enhanced security are ongoing and planned. They are carried out by the Swedish Government as well as by governmental agencies. Here are some examples.
- In 2016, the Government decided on a national plan to combat racism, similar forms of hostility and hate crime. The plan takes a comprehensive approach and includes strategies on how to tackle anti-Semitism and other forms of racism through improved coordination and monitoring, more education and research, greater support to and more in-depth dialogue with civil society, strengthening preventive measures online and a more active legal system.
- The Living History Forum, which is a government agency, is conducting a major education initiative on different forms of racism in history and today, including anti-Semitism. The agency produces information material on all forms of racism, and school staff are being trained in partnership with the Swedish National Agency for Education as part of the initiative. In addition to school staff, occupational groups such as employment office staff, social workers and police employees also have the opportunity to participate in this training.
- The Swedish Media Council works to empower children and young people to be conscious media-users through media and information literacy. The Council is also implementing the No Hate Speech Movement among children and young people to counter, for example, racism on the internet.
- The Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society allocates annual funding under the Ordinance on government grants for activities to combat racism and similar forms of intolerance. The Government has allocated more resources to the Agency to increase government grants to activities specifically intended to combat anti-Semitism and other forms of racism.
- The Government has also allocated resources to facilitate journeys of remembrance to Holocaust sites in 2018–2020.
- The Swedish Police Authority has intensified its work to combat hate crime. There is now a national contact point for these issues as well as Democracy and Hate Crime Groups in the three metropolitan police regions (Stockholm, West (Gothenburg) and South (Malmö)). When considered necessary, the Swedish Police Authority increases its surveillance and takes other security and proactive measures to protect Jewish interests.
- The Public Prosecution Authority has also taken measures to improve the quality of work on hate crime.
- The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention has recently been tasked with conducting an in-depth study of anti-Semitic hate crimes in Sweden.
- To further strengthen and achieve sustainability in this work at national, regional and local level, in January 2018 the Government has established a national centre against violent extremism.
- In the Budget Bill for 2018, there is a substantial increase in resources for safety-enhancing measures for civil society and schools.
- In 2016 the Government appointed a Special Envoy to combat anti-Semitism and Islamophobia at international level, based at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The Special Envoy works to better coordinate intergovernmental efforts and to enhance Sweden's cooperation with important actors internationally.
- Sweden also participates actively in the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). The Ambassador at Large for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law leads Sweden's national delegation to the IHRA.
- The Swedish Government intends to arrange a new international conference on the Holocaust in 2020, twenty years after the first conference, to honour the victims and prevent new crimes against humanity.