UN supports Civil Rights Defenders’ criticism of the Swedish Government

John Stauffer Legal Director Civil Rights Defenders Photo: Civil Rights Defenders

John Stauffer Legal Director Civil Rights Defenders Photo: Civil Rights Defenders

After reviewing Sweden’s reports regarding strategies against racism, discrimination and hate crimes the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination continue to criticize the Governments work to prevent racism and hate crimes.

“It is very positive that the Committee so clearly, has taken the comments we presented in out our parallel report into account. The shortcomings the Committee points to are very serious. Now it’s important that the government implement the Committee’s far-reaching recommendations” says John Stauffer, Legal Director at Civil Rights Defenders.

In August a hearing was held with the Swedish government in the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Before the hearing Civil Rights Defenders, along with Swedish United Nations Association and nearly fifty other organizations, presented a parallel report to the Swedish nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first reports.

The report shows that despite measures taken by the Swedish government, structural racism, discrimination and hate crime remains a serious problem in Sweden. Particularly the situation of Sweden’s five national minorities and Muslims, Afro -Swedes, asylum seekers and undocumented people.

The Committee’s conclusions and recommendations mainly follow the observations Civil Rights Defenders, along with the Swedish United Nations Association and other organisations, expressed. Racial discrimination Committee draws particular attention to the need for:

• an independent national authority for human rights;
• the strengthening of anti-discrimination and opportunities for individuals and organisations to operate discrimination cases in court;
• specific measures to combat structural discrimination;
• broader mandate for Equality Ombudsman;
• a clear strategy to strengthen the police and prosecutors work with hate crimes;
• measures to counter the economic and social segregation;
• the ratification of ILO Convention 169 on the rights of indigenous peoples;
• effective measures to combat discrimination against Roma;
• an evaluation of the Special Control of Aliens (Terrorism Act).

Read more:
CERD Concluding Observations
Former article about the hearing

Categories: News and Reports.
Tags: parallellrapport, Svenska FN-förbundet, Swedish United Nations Association, and UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Regions: Sweden.