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.

Responsible for democracy and human rights

Responsible ministers

Jeanette Gustafsdotter Minister for Culture
Morgan Johansson Minister for Justice and Home Affairs
Ann Linde Minister for Foreign Affairs
Johan Danielsson Minister for Housing and Deputy Minister for Employment

Responsible ministries

Drive for Democracy

Ensuring support for, defending and promoting democracy is a priority for the Swedish Government. The drive for democracy aims to create the conditions for dialogue and greater knowledge about democracy throughout the world.

Read more about the drive for democracy.

News about democracy and human rights

  • Together for Impact – the Swedish Presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance

    The Swedish Presidency of the IHRA – Together for Impact – begins on 1 March 2022 and will continue until the end of February 2023. Sweden will be holding the Presidency twenty plus years after former Prime Minister Göran Persson initiated the organisation and one year after the Malmö Forum, Remember – ReAct. Sweden assumes the Presidency at a time when the IHRA is more needed than ever given that anti-democratic forces are gaining ground and spreading antisemitism, antigypsyism, disinformation and distortion, not least on social media platforms.

  • News feeds and publications

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Content about democracy and human rights

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