Sweden’s national UPR report submitted to UN

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The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique mechanism of the United Nations Human Rights Council that involves a periodic review of the human rights situation in all UN Member States. It is now time for Sweden to be reviewed within the framework of the third cycle of the UPR.

Minister Åsa Lindhagen
“We are living in a time that, for the first time in a very long time, requires the international agreements on human rights to be respected and taken very seriously. The Government is aware that challenges remain in the work to protect and promote human rights in Sweden, and is determined to prioritise the work to overcome them,” says Minister Åsa Lindhagen. Foto: Kristian Pohl/Regeringskansliet

The UPR is a well-established instrument in the work to promote human rights, democracy and the rule of law. The review, which takes place in Geneva, is conducted by other States and all issues related to human rights can be raised. On 14 October, Sweden therefore submitted a national report to the UN on the follow-up of the recommendations to Sweden from the previous review stage in January 2015. The review stage will take place on 27 January 2020 when Sweden participates in a dialogue in the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The Government considers the UPR process to be of major importance in the work to protect and promote human rights, both at home and abroad. Through constructive dialogue, and in close cooperation with relevant stakeholders, including civil society organisations, Sweden is working through the UPR to attain greater transparency on the situation for human rights.

“We are living in a time that, for the first time in a very long time, requires the international agreements on human rights to be respected and taken very seriously. The Government is aware that challenges remain in the work to protect and promote human rights in Sweden, and is determined to prioritise the work to overcome them,” says Minister Åsa Lindhagen.

The objective of human rights policy is to ensure full respect for Sweden’s international human rights commitments. The objective underscores that it is a central task for the Government to ensure that Sweden’s international commitments are complied with in all parts of the country and in all public sector areas – nationally, regionally and locally.

What is the Universal Periodic Review (UPR)?

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique mechanism of the United Nations Human Rights Council that involves a periodic review of the human rights situation in all UN Member States. Unlike normal treaty reviews by the UN’s human rights treaty bodies, it is not conducted by independent experts but by other States.

How is Sweden reviewed?

In connection with a dialogue with the reviewed State, other States can provide recommendations that the reviewed State can choose to accept or note (which means that they are not accepted). The most recent review of Sweden, which was the second in a row, took place in January 2015. Sweden received 208 recommendations, many of which overlapped, and accepted 154 of them. Sweden chose to submit a mid-term report in 2018 on the implementation of recommendations that Sweden chose to accept in 2015 and the steps taken concerning the work for human rights in general.

What is the timetable?

Within the framework of the third cycle of the UPR process, Sweden submitted a national report to the UN on 14 October 2019 on the follow up of the recommendations Sweden received in January 2015. A delegation from Sweden will also participate in a dialogue, during the actual review stage, in Geneva on 27 January 2020.

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National report from Sweden in the third cycle of Universal Periodic Review 2019