Human Rights

For the Swedish Government, the respect for human rights as well as the task of strengthening them takes high priority. It is a task we pursue both in our political endeavours in Sweden and in our foreign policy. This page provides interesting articles, information and links concerning human rights.

Human rights in Sweden
In Sweden, human rights are primarily protected through three Constitutional laws: the Instrument of Government, the Freedom of the Press Act and the Fundamental Law on Freedom of Expression. Freedom of the press has been protected in the Constitution since the 18th century and this right is one of the oldest in the country.

Sweden's anti-discrimination act
On 1 January 2009 Sweden's anti-discrimination act entered into force. A new agency – the Office of the Ombudsman against Discrimination – monitors compliance with the new act.

Reviews of Sweden by the UN human rights treaty monitoring bodies during 2008-2009.
Sweden is party to seven of the nine core UN human rights conventions, and has accordingly a responsibility to, with regular intervals, report to the treaty bodies on the progress made under the respective convention. During approximately one year’s time, Sweden has been reviewed by six of the treaty bodies.

Rights Work!
Rights Work! - the international conference on systematic work for human rights implementation was the first of its kind. It was organised by Sweden in cooperation with the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, in November 2008.

The aim was to stimulate other countries and actors to work on human rights in a systematic way. Rights Work! was also an opportunity for Sweden to learn from others. Sweden's intentions at this stage have been fulfilled, and we will now continue to follow up on some of the ideas and recommendations that emerged from Rights Work! In a final conference report conclusions and recommendations for the continued work to implement human rights are presented.