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

  • 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.

  • Investments in more administrative municipalities for Finnish and Meänkieli and Sami

    Photo: Ministry of Finance/Government Offices

    The Government proposes in the Budget Bill for 2018 that new municipalities join the administrative areas for the national minority languages of Sami, Finnish and Meänkieli. To fund this, the appropriation will be increased by SEK 16 million in 2018 and by SEK 20 million per year from 2019. The Budget Bill for 2018 is based on an agreement between the government parties and the Left Party.

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