Democracy and human rights

The world becomes awfully quiet without free speech

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Sweden is working to counteract the shrinking scope for democracy, freedom of expression and human rights in many parts of the world.

Particular focus is on the safety of journalists, conditions for women journalists, the principle of public access to official documents, and source criticism as an answer to disinformation.

Freedom of expression may be something we take for granted here in Sweden, but it is a right that is increasingly being challenged. Sweden is, and will continue to be, a strong voice that stands up for and defends human rights, democracy and the rule of law throughout its foreign policy, including in development cooperation and promotion.