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.
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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.
School trips to Holocaust memorial sites
The Government proposes extending and strengthening the support for history and remembrance trips, so that more schools can make trips to Holocaust memorial sites, such as Auschwitz, and other concentration camps. This entails a further SEK 5 million being allocated for history and remembrance trips in 2020, and that SEK 6 million is allocated annually during 2021 and 2022.
In the Budget Bill for 2020, the Government, together with the Liberal Party and Centre Party, puts forward several proposals to strengthen democracy, culture and sports throughout Sweden. Here you can learn more about some of the proposals within the Ministry of Culture’s budget areas.
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The respect for human rights continues to deteriorate in Russia
On 20 February, the Permanent Representation of Sweden to the EU, in collaboration with Civil Rights Defenders, held a meeting with Russian human rights organisations and officials from various EU countries. The aim was both to review the state of human rights with a focus on the situation for LGBTI people in Russia and to discuss support measures by the EU.
Speech by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Holocaust Remembrance Lecture 2019
(Check against delivery) Your Royal Highness, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, dear friends: I want to welcome you all to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and to the 2019 Holocaust Remembrance Lecture.
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven's speech on International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2019
Stockholm, 27 January 2019. Check against delivery.
Statement by Equal Rights Coalition on the situation in Chechnya
January 23, 2019
10 points on Sweden’s membership of the UN Security Council 2017–2018
As a principled member of the United Nations Security Council, Sweden took its cue from the foundation stones of international law, human rights, gender equality and a humanitarian perspective. The Swedish working method was characterised by listening, creativity, active diplomacy and an ambition to achieve results. We are grateful for the good cooperation with partners during our tenure.
#StandUp4HumanRights in focus as the Ministry for Foreign Affairs marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
On 10 December, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights celebrates its 70th anniversary. But democracy and human rights are still under threat around the world. Via the #StandUp4HumanRights communications campaign, the MFA in Stockholm, missions abroad and partners are highlighting human rights in various ways – with the aim of creating opinion and reminding decision-makers to live up to their commitments.
Sweden’s work on global health – implementing the 2030 Agenda
The 2030 Agenda offers us a new opportunity to influence and help improve the health situation for people in Sweden and globally. By acting globally, we create conditions for positive developments in our own country while also contributing to, and taking responsibility for, positive developments in the world at large. The document Sweden’s work on global health seeks to bring together and consolidate existing strategies, priorities and policies with the aim of setting out a clear and common agenda and creating the conditions for more effective communications, increased collaboration and, ultimately, more impactful Swedish action.