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

Alice Bah Kuhnke Minister for Culture and Democracy
Margot Wallström Minister for Foreign Affairs
Morgan Johansson Minister for Justice and Home Affairs

Responsible ministries

News about democracy and human rights

  • Equal rights and opportunities for LGBT persons in Sweden

    • Stefan Löfven

      Prime Minister Stefan Löfven took part in in EuroPride Park Stockholm.

      Photo: Jann Lipka/Government Offices of Sweden

    • Alice Bah Kuhnke

      Alice Bah Kuhnke, Minister for Culture and Democracy visited EuroPride 2018.

      Photo: Jann Lipka/Government Offices of Sweden

    • Magdalena Andersson

      Ministry of Finance, Magdalena Andersson, visited Stockholm Pride 2018.

      Photo: Jann Lipka/Government Offices of Sweden

    In recent years, a number of reforms have been introduced in order to secure equal rights for LGBT persons. There has also been a positive societal development regarding these issues which has helped to ensure a better situation for LGBT persons in Sweden. However, LGBT persons, in particular transgender persons, still face difficulties in Sweden. The government is therefore taking further measures for equal rights for LGBT persons. You can find out more about these measures in the leaflet in the link below.

  • Action plan: Defending Free Speech - measures to protect journalists, elected representatives and artists from exposure to threats and hatred

    Illustration: Government Offices of Sweden

    The Government is commencing a more systematic effort to safeguard – and thereby strengthen - the democratic discourse against threats and hatred. The work conducted by the judicial authorities is of importance, but not enough to protect the democratic discourse. This action plan, issued by the Swedish Government, is specifically intended to safeguard politically elected representatives, journalists and artists as a part of the infrastructure of the democratic discourse. These actors are particularly exposed due to the functions they have in society.

  • Speech by Alice Bah Kuhnke at the 17th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

    Photo: Karin Stenson/Government Offices of Sweden

    "We are committed to do our part to ensure the realization of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – a milestone in recognizing the status and rights of indigenous peoples", said Minister for Culture and Democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

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