A Sami in national dress

Swedish Anti-Racism Work Not Up To Scratch

Sweden has come in for criticism by the United Nation’s Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, CERD.

In its latest report, the UN organisation says that Sweden should do more to improve the level of education amongst its Roma population and to increase employment rates.

It also wants the Swedish state to give legal aid to Sami villages in the north of the country who are in court disputes about land and reindeer grazing rights.

Also of concern to CERN was the lack of a Swedish law banning racist organisations, instead Swedish laws concentrate more on racist actions, but CERN say that isn’t enough.

Sweden has also been named in an EU report as one of the countries that could do better when it comes to tackling racial discrimination. The first report from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights shows an increase in race hate crime and racial discrimination in this country.

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