Democracy and human rights

Human rights are universal and apply to everyone. They establish that all human beings, irrespective of country, culture and context, are born free and equal in dignity and rights. Democracy policy includes general elections, measures to strengthen and protect the individual’s opportunities for influence, and measures to promote and guarantee respect for human rights. Human rights, democracy and the rule of law will also permeate all Swedish foreign policy.

Responsible for democracy and human rights

Responsible ministers

Amanda Lind Minister for Culture and Democracy, with responsibility for sport
Morgan Johansson Minister for Justice and Migration
Åsa Lindhagen Minister for Gender Equality, with responsibility for anti-discrimination and anti-segregation
Ann Linde Minister for Foreign Affairs

Responsible ministries

News about democracy and human rights

  • Government strengthens work for the equal rights and opportunities of LGBTIQ people

    The Government has adopted an action plan for equal rights and opportunities for LGBTIQ people. The action plan contains concrete measures to strengthen the rights and opportunities of LGBTIQ people in the coming years. The action plan applies until 2023 but also contains strategic initiatives to ensure that the efforts continue in the long-term.

  • Sweden to lead the work of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance

    Sweden has been entrusted with holding the Presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) – an intergovernmental organisation to promote Holocaust education, research and remembrance – from 1 March 2022 until 28 February 2023. The decision was taken at the IHRA’s digital plenary meeting in Leipzig on 3 December 2020.

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