Government responds to UN human rights recommendations

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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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The recommendations received by Sweden concerned issues such as strengthening efforts against racism, discrimination and hate crime, establishing a national human rights institute, and strengthening human rights protection for women, children, migrants, the indigenous Sami people, national minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTI people.

- Sweden has come a long way in its human rights work, but we are not done yet. The recommendations we receive from other countries are an important tool in our efforts to be even better, says Minister for Gender Equality Åsa Lindhagen.

In total, 117 countries chose to offer 300 recommendations to Sweden. The Government has chosen to accept approximately two thirds of these, and to comment on the other third.

- We see human rights being challenged in a variety of ways around the world. Sweden and the UN have an important role in continuing to stand up for the equal value of all people. The work for the full realisation of human rights will continue, says Ms Lindhagen.

The UPR process involves a periodic review of the human rights situation in all UN Member States. Unlike other treaty reviews, the UPR is not conducted by independent experts, but by other States. The UPR is broad-based and covers all of the convention commitments on human rights. This means that all questions relating to human rights can be raised during the review.

Press contact

Nicole Goufas
Press Secretary to the Minister for Gender Equality, with responsibility for anti-discrimination and anti-segregation, Åsa Lindhagen
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00