ECRI Fourth Report on Sweden


On 25 September 2012, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) published its fourth report about Sweden. The report identifies obstacles in the Swedish legal system in bringing cases to court involving agitation against a national or ethnic group committed through the media. ECRI recommends that the Swedish authorities fine-tune existing criminal and civil law provisions to ensure that they constitute effective tools against racist expression, racist organisations, racially motivated crime and racial discrimination. The Swedish authorities should also take further steps to improve the implementation of these provisions, including in respect of members of racist organisations. The active presence of racist organisations in Sweden and their activities, including the widespread dissemination of racist propaganda notably through the Internet, are still of concern to ECRI since these organisations are responsible for part of the racist violence and harassment that the Swedish society still exp