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A/HRC/55/47/Add.2: Visit to Sweden - Report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Nazila Ghanea (Advance unedited version)


01 March 2024

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Religious freedom

The Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Nazila Ghanea, visited Sweden from 11 to 20 October 2023. In her report, the Rapporteur finds that Sweden largely possesses the requisite legal and policy frameworks for promoting and protecting the enjoyment by all persons of the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion or belief. However, politically expedient responses to a diversifying society, together with the lack of understanding of the full scope of freedom of religion or belief, pose challenges to the framework in place for the respect of human rights. The Rapporteur highlights concerns raised by religious communities, including Muslim and Jewish communities, about growing intolerance. She notes that although some Governmental entities appears quite cognizant of the concerns outlined in her report, other do not recognise these as serious human rights concerns or overlook them. Initiatives aimed at addressing these concerns are needed in order to generate the desired comprehensive, systematic change within all government entities and Swedish society at large.

Issued By:

Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief

Delivered To:

Human Rights Council at its fifty-fifth session