Åsa Lindhagen has changed areas of responsibility. From 5 February 2021 she is the Minister for Financial Markets and Consumer Affairs. 

Minister for Gender Equality, with responsibility for anti-discrimination and anti-segregation.

Press release from Ministry of Employment

Swedish Government decides on important step towards establishing human rights institute


The Swedish Government has decided today to refer a proposal concerning a human rights institute to the Council on Legislation for consideration. The Government’s decision is an important step towards establishing the institute.

The new institute will monitor, investigate and report on how human rights are respected and realised in Sweden. The institute will also submit proposals to the Government on measures that are needed to safeguard human rights. The institute will not examine individual complaints of human rights violations.

“International human rights commitments must be taken very seriously. Current developments around the world are increasingly causing the equal worth of all people to be called in to question. In such times, it is more important than ever to have structures that promote and protect human rights. It is therefore important that the Government is now taking the next step in establishing an independent national human rights institute in Sweden.” says Åsa Lindhagen, Minister for Gender Equality, with responsibility for anti-discrimination and anti-segregation.

The final reports following the UN Universal Periodic Reviews of Sweden conducted in 2015 and 2020 recommended establishing an independent human rights institute in accordance with the Paris Principles. The Paris Principles set out minimum requirements for human rights institutions. These principles are applied widely and are the generally accepted standard for national human rights institutions.

The tasks and management of the institute and certain aspects of its organisation and methodology must be regulated by law to meet the requirements of the Paris Principles, but this will also strengthen the institute’s independence. This means that the Government cannot govern the institute’s tasks or work to the same extent that normally applies to public agencies under the Government. The Government considers that such a regulation ensures a long-term approach and continuity for the institute while cementing its ability to perform its tasks independently.

It is proposed that the human rights institute commence its activities on 1 January 2022.

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Frida Färlin
Acting Press Secretary to the Minister for Gender Equality, with responsibility for anti-discrimination and anti-segregation, Åsa Lindhagen
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