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

  • Focus on human rights for LGBTI persons

    The virtual Global Pride festival took place on 27 June. Artists, politicians and activists from around the world took part in the 26-hour livestream event. Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde and Minister for Gender Equality Åsa Lindhagen both contributed to the Global Pride programme via pre-recorded video greetings. The OECD has also released a report on how LGBTI people are included in the legislative frameworks in its member countries.

  • Government responds to UN human rights recommendations

    The human rights situation in Sweden was reviewed by the UN Human Rights Council at the end of January as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). Sweden received 300 recommendations from other UN Member States. The Government has now communicated its position on the recommendations in a report to be submitted to the UN.

Content about democracy and human rights

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