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.
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Certain amendments to the ban on entry from the UK and Denmark
The Government decided today on certain amendments to the ban on entry into Sweden from the United Kingdom and Denmark. The amendments have been made to enable children and parents to spend time together and to facilitate certain medical transport services from Denmark. In addition, the time-limited ordinance will be extended until 31 January 2021.
The revised ban on entry from the UK and Denmark will enter into force on Saturday 16 January.
Amendments to the exemption from the entry ban for residents of Uruguay
The Government has today decided on amendments to the temporary ban on entry into Sweden. The amendments concern the exemption for residents of a certain specified non-EU country and is in line with the Council of the European Union’s latest recommendation to EU Member States. The amendments will enter into force on 20 January 2021.
The temporary entry ban came into force on 19 March 2020 and has subsequently been extended following recommendations by the European Commission and the Council of the European Union. The latest decision to extend the ban means that the entry ban now applies until 31 March 2021.
Brexit – the rights of UK nationals in Sweden after the transition period
UK nationals living in Sweden on 31 December 2020 will need to apply to the Swedish Migration Agency for residence status. The UK left the EU on 1 February 2020 but during the transition period, ending on 31 December 2020, EU law still applies to the UK. As of 1 January specific provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement will apply.
UK nationals living in Sweden need to apply for new ‘residence status’, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, to be able to continue living and working in Sweden on broadly the same basis as an EU citizen. Applications for residence status must be submitted to the Swedish Migration Agency by the end of September 2021 at the latest.
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Extension of temporary entry ban to the EU via Sweden due to COVID-19
Today the Government decided to extend the temporary entry ban to the EU via Sweden until 15 May. The decision was taken following a recommendation of the European Commission. The aim of the entry ban is, as previously, to mitigate the effects of the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and reduce the outbreak of COVID-19.
Temporary ban on travel to the EU via Sweden due to COVID-19
In response to the European Council’s and the European Commission’s call for travel restrictions, the Government decided on 17 March to temporarily stop non-essential travel to Sweden from all countries except those in the EEA and Switzerland so as to mitigate the effects of the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus and reduce the spread of the disease.
Ordinance on a prohibition against holding public gatherings and events
On 11 March, the Government adopted an ordinance on a prohibition against holding public gatherings and events.
Protection against honour-related crime to be further strengthened
In a proposal referred to the Council on Legislation for consideration, the Government proposes that a new child marriage offence be introduced that can result in imprisonment for up to four years. The Government also proposes new grounds for tougher penalties for ‘honour’ crimes and a new instrument, a travel ban, to further strengthen protection against honour-related crime.
Several Ministers participated in commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day on 27 January
On Holocaust Remembrance Day January 27 several representatives from the Swedish Government participated in memorial services to honour the victims of the Holocaust and to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
· Article from Amanda Lind, Anders Ygeman, Anna Ekström , Åsa Lindhagen, Isabella Lövin, Mikael Damberg, Morgan Johansson, Per Bolund, Stefan Löfven, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Education and Research, Ministry of Employment, Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of the Environment, Prime Minister's Office
UN review of Sweden’s human rights compliance
Sweden’s human rights compliance will be reviewed within the framework of the UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on Monday 27 January in Geneva. Sweden’s delegation at the review before the UN Human Rights Council will for the first time be led by a government minister – Åsa Lindhagen, Minister for Gender Equality with responsibility for anti-discrimination and anti-segregation.
An up-to-date English translation of the Swedish Criminal Code
A complete and modern translation of the Swedish Criminal Code is now available. The text will be updated continuously.
Key acts and ordinances entering into force late 2019/early 2020
This information material contains a selection of the acts and ordinances – both new and amended – that enter into force in the second half of 2019 or some time thereafter.
· Information material from Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Education and Research, Ministry of Employment, Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of the Environment, Prime Minister's Office
Continued border controls at internal borders
The Government has decided to reintroduce border controls at internal borders for six months. The decision is based on the Government’s assessment that there is still a serious threat to public policy and internal security in Sweden.
Sweden’s national UPR report submitted to UN
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.