As critical public debate is largely being forced out of Russian media, physical meeting places are assuming an increasingly important role in public discussion. Representatives from Sweden’s Embassy in Moscow and the Consulate-General in St Petersburg recently took part in a ‘BarCamp’ in the forest outside the city of Syktyvkar in north-western Russia.

11 march 2016 marked two years since Swedish journalist Nils Horner was murdered while working in Afghanistan. Throughout the world, we see journalists becoming targets in armed conflicts. According to Reporters Without Borders, 110 journalists were killed in 2015. Sweden works actively for freedom of expression and media freedom and an improved situation for journalists around the world.

The attack on the Paris offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is horrendous. The attack has left many dead. Our thoughts go to the victims and their families.

Today is International Human Rights Day. The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted on 10 December 1948, sixty-six years ago today. Sweden must be a clear voice for human rights around the world, writes Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström and Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin.