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

  • Government steps up efforts to combat racism

    Foto: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices of Sweden.

    The Government has adopted five action programmes against various forms of racism during 2022–2024. The action programmes outline concrete measures aimed at combating afrophobia, antisemitism, antigypsyism, islamophobia and racism against the Sami people. These action programmes will follow up on one of Sweden’s commitments from the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism.

  • News feeds and publications

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Content about democracy and human rights

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