UN Human Rights Council reviews Sweden

On January 15, a consultation with representatives from civil society was organised ahead of the UN Human Rights Council’s review of Sweden under the Universal Periodic Review on 26 January 2015.

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UN Human RIghts Council in Geneva. Photo: UN Photo


Unending poverty without schools

In order for a person to be aware of and to assert their human rights, education is often an imperative ingredient. Those who can read, write and do arithmetic are capable of grasping different types of information and forming their own opinions.

The right to education is one of the main remedies in the UN’s action plan to cut poverty in half by 2015.

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A boy writing. Photo: UN Photo/Kibae Park


Hearing on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

On March 31-April 1, 2014, Sweden had its first hearing on Sweden's commitments under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Convention (CRPD) entered into force in Sweden in 2009.

Read Sweden's first report to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the Committee’s website

Review in the CRPD committee

Human rights

Human rights are universal and apply to everyone. They state that all people, regardless of country, culture and context, are born free and equal in dignity and rights.

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Human rights in Sweden

Sweden is supporting in various ways for electoral processes, judiciaries, and parliaments in various countries.

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Human rights in the world

The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs compiles annual reports on the situation of human rights in countries around the world. The reports are only available in Swedish.

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Who does what?

There are many organisations who work for human rights, both at a national and an international level.

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