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

  • UN review of Sweden’s human rights compliance

    • Tthe 35th Session of Universal Periodic Review. The 35th Session of Universal Periodic Review. From left: Anna-Carin Svensson, Åsa Lindhagen, Gianni Magazzeni and Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger.

      The 35th Session of Universal Periodic Review. From left: Anna-Carin Svensson, Åsa Lindhagen, Gianni Magazzeni and Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger.

      Photo: Sandra Lyngdorf

    • åsa Lindhagen

      Åsa Lindhagen

      Photo: Kristian Pohl/Government Offices

    Sweden’s human rights compliance will be reviewed within the framework of the UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on Monday 27 January in Geneva. Sweden’s delegation at the review before the UN Human Rights Council will for the first time be led by a government minister – Åsa Lindhagen, Minister for Gender Equality with responsibility for anti-discrimination and anti-segregation.

  • 30 years since the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child

    Today marks 30 years since the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child - a milestone in the realization of children’s human rights worldwide. On January 1st 2020, Sweden will take a historic next step, when the convention becomes Swedish law.

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