human rights

Delegation demands creation of internal human rights commission

The Delegation for Human Rights in Sweden is demanding that the government create a new authority to protect human rights within the country.

In a collective letter, published by newspaper Dagens Nyheter on Tuesday, the Delegation wrote that minorities – not least Roma, as well as the handicapped and both elderly and youth who live in institutions or special homes, are among the groups that need the protection of a human rights commission. The commission, they wrote, would work with the government's other authorities.

The members wrote that their demand comes at a time when racism and intolerance are getting expressed at even the highest political levels in Europe, and that the economic and political stability that Sweden enjoys now may not always be the situation.

"If the Delegation's suggestion comes to pass, then human rights can have the same central role in Swedish domestic policy as it has abroad. It's time," the members wrote.

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