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

  • Sweden’s national UPR report submitted to UN

    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 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.

  • Historic investment to combat racism and strengthen equal rights for LGBTI people

    The Government is making several investments to combat racism and strengthen the rights of LGBTI people. The Government is strengthening the national plan to combat racism and hate crime with SEK 10 million per year from 2020. At the same time, the work to strengthen the rights of LGBTI people will receive SEK 14 million per year from 2020, and temporary additional funds of SEK 10 million per year are planned for 2021 and 2022. It is the biggest ever investment in the area by any government.

Content about democracy and human rights

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