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The government adopts strategy against racism and hate crimes

Published onsdag 23 november 2016 kl 14.10
Culture and democracy minister Alice Bah Kuhnke.
Culture and democracy minister Alice Bah Kuhnke. Credit: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

The government on Wednesday presented a national strategy to combat racism and similar forms of hostility and hate crimes.

"Racism is a huge obstacle if one wants to build a society. We must actively and strategically fight racism in Sweden," says culture and democracy minister Alice Bah Kuhnke, who presented the plan at a press conference alongside home affairs minister Anders Ygeman.

The government has put forward five strategic areas where work can commence. One of the areas will be work against racism and hate crimes that take place online.

Justice Minister Anders Ygeman said that they want to pay special attention to websites and networks where racist comments are common.

"We want a dialogue with those who provide these platforms, and we want them to ban users who break the rules," said Ygeman.

One more concrete proposal in this plan is that transgender people will be included in the definition of hate crimes.

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