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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Webinar: Human rights and democracy in the global fight against COVID-19
Join Nordic ministers and leading human rights defenders in a webinar: Human rights and democracy – key in the global fight against COVID-19.
“We will not give up before every LGBTI-person in the world can live their lives freely.”
"Most people think it is an obvious right to be who you are and to be allowed to love the person or persons you love. "
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.
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Petra Lärke appointed head of the Task Force for Swedish Chair of the OSCE
The Government has today decided to appoint Petra Lärke as head of the Task Force that is to lead and plan Sweden’s Chairmanship of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 2021. She will take up her post on 2 March 2020.
National statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde at the Conference on Disarmament
Geneva, 24 February 2020 Check against delivery.
National statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde at the High-Level Segment of the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council
24 February 2020, Geneva Check against delivery.
Protection against honour-related crime to be further strengthened
In a proposal referred to the Council on Legislation for consideration, the Government proposes that a new child marriage offence be introduced that can result in imprisonment for up to four years. The Government also proposes new grounds for tougher penalties for ‘honour’ crimes and a new instrument, a travel ban, to further strengthen protection against honour-related crime.
Ann Linde presents the 2020 Statement of Foreign Policy
Today, Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde is presenting the Government’s Statement of Foreign Policy to the Riksdag. The Statement, which summarises the Government’s foreign policy priorities for 2020, includes a new announcement on strengthened efforts to combat organised crime. Also notable in the Statement is a stronger focus on security in Europe ahead of Sweden assuming the role of Chair of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in 2021.
Several Ministers participated in commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day on 27 January
On Holocaust Remembrance Day January 27 several representatives from the Swedish Government participated in memorial services to honour the victims of the Holocaust and to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
· Article from Amanda Lind, Anders Ygeman, Anna Ekström , Åsa Lindhagen, Isabella Lövin, Mikael Damberg, Morgan Johansson, Per Bolund, Stefan Löfven, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Education and Research, Ministry of Employment, Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of the Environment, Prime Minister's Office
Opening statement by Åsa Lindhagen, Minister for Gender Equality, with responsibility for anti-discrimination and anti-segregation at UN Universal Periodic Review
Geneva, January 27, 2020 Check against delivery