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Sweden criticised by UN for hate crimes

Published måndag 26 januari 2015 kl 18.03
Annika Söder, from the Swedish Foreign Ministry. Photo: Jörgen Heikki.
Annika Söder, from the Swedish Foreign Ministry. Photo: Jörgen Heikki.

Sweden needs to do more to protect human rights at home, according to the United Nation's Human Rights Council, meeting in Geneva.

The UN organisation says more needs to be done to combat hate crimes against muslims and Roma, as well as other forms of ethnic discrimination. Several member states also raised sexual violence and excessive violence by the Swedish police as issues that also need to be dealt with by the Swedish government.

The organisation also wants Sweden to create a national agency to keep track of human rights in Sweden.

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven says the UN body has a point: "We have to be honest and say that we have problems in Sweden when it comes to hate crimes. Now we have to look at the criticism and analyse it", he told news agency TT.

Annika Söder, State Secretary at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, represented Sweden at the meeting.

"It is always important to get opinions and criticism", she said, "one thing many countries brought up was discrimination and different 'phobias' like islamophobia. They are things that I think many countries have problems with themselves and would like to be rid of", she said.

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