The UN Examination of Sweden – Read Civil Rights Defenders Shadow Report

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United Nations office at Geneva. Photo: Civil Rights Defenders

On the 9th and 10th of March, Sweden will be examined by the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva. The Committee is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) by its State parties.

In March last year, the Swedish government submitted their official report to the UN, explaining their views on the human rights situation in Sweden. Civil Rights Defenders recently forwarded an extensive alternative report to the Human Rights Committee to counteract the official depiction.

Follow the link to read the full report.


In connection with the review the Committee requested reporting on Sweden’s safeguards to ensure that signals intelligence (SIGINT) operations under Act 2008:717, the so-called FRA Law, are consistent with the right to privacy.

In response to the Committee’s request, Civil Rights Defenders submitted a joint report with Privacy International and DFRI (the Association for Digital Rights and Freedoms) in February. Sweden has received repeated criticisms on its surveillance programs from the Human Rights Committee and other UN agencies. Unfortunately, very little progress has been made.

For more information of the joint report, visit the link: The UN Reviews Swedish Signals Intelligence and Privacy.

Categories: News and Reports.
Tags: FN:s människorättskommitté and ICCPR.
Regions: Sweden.