Ministry of Justice
The Ministry of Justice is responsible for legislation concerning the constitution and general administrative law, civil law, procedural law and criminal law. The Ministry also handles matters relating to migration and asylum policy. In the international arena, the Ministry takes part in efforts to lay the groundwork for international cooperation against cross-border crime.
News from Ministry of Justice
Morgan Johansson and European Commissioner Christos Stylianides visited Färila
On Monday 6 August, Minister for Justice and Home Affairs Morgan Johansson visited Färila in Hälsingland, Sweden, together with European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides.
Cooperation to combat effects of drought and heat
The prolonged heat and drought have had significant consequences for society. A large number of forest fires are raging around the country and agriculture has been seriously affected by the drought. The high temperatures can also have an impact on people’s health, particularly the sick and elderly. The Government is following developments carefully and is working closely with the responsible authorities to manage the situation.
New rules against foreign polygamous marriages
"Polygamous marriages should not be recognised in Sweden and we need to review the existing legal loophole that makes it possible. Polygamous marriages undermine gender equality and, according to the UN, it can have serious emotional and financial consequences," says Deputy Minister for Justice, Heléne Fritzon. The Government has decided to task an inquiry chair with reviewing how to prevent recognition of foreign polygamous marriages in Sweden.
Consent – the basic requirement of new sexual offence legislation
The Government has presented a bill to the Riksdag containing a proposal concerning new sexual offence legislation that is based on consent. Sex must be voluntary – if it is not, then it is illegal. The Swedish Crime Victim Compensation and Support Authority has been tasked with informing young people about the new legislation. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal. The amendments will come into force on 1 July 2018.
Sweden's migration and asylum policy
The Government's objective is to ensure a sustainable migration policy that safeguards the right of asylum and, within the framework of managed immigration, facilitates mobility across borders, promotes demand-driven labour migration, harnesses and takes account of the development impact of migration, and deepens European and international cooperation. This fact sheet outlines the Government's current work in this area.
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