Sweden

Parliament

Political system
Parliamentary system
Structure of parliament
Unicameral
IPU membership
Yes

Specialized body - Human rights

Committee on the Constitution May 1980

About

Nature
Permanent
Themes
Human rights

Members

Number of members
All Members 45 years of age or younger
Total 17 7
Male 7 3
Female 10 4

Chairperson(s)
(2022-09)

Person
Hans Ekström (Male)
Date of birth: 29 Apr 1958
Political affiliation
Opposition

Committee functions

The Committee has the following functions:

Mainstream human rights into the work of (other) parliamentary committees and of Parliament as a whole
Yes
Scrutinise all Bills for their compatibility with human rights
Yes
Scrutinise the Executive’s policy for compatibility with human rights
No information available
Obtain information from the Executive about the justification for actions or inaction which affect human rights
No
Scrutinise State compliance with existing UN human rights treaties
No
Initiate inquiries of its own choosing
No
Scrutinise proposed human rights treaties, and other international treaties with implications for human rights, and report to Parliament thereon, prior to ratification
No
Ascertain and review the Executive’s reasons for not acceding to or ratifying existing international human rights treaties
No
Scrutinise the Executive’s response to judgments of national, regional and international courts with implications for human rights
No
Monitor the adequacy of the existing national system for the protection of human rights
No
Review the allocation and expenditure of funds in the State budget to support measures to promote and protect human rights
No
Other important functions, please specify

All the Committees at the Swedish Riksdag have the duty to scrutinize proposed bills and if they are compatibel with

the European Convention for Human Rights

Committee involvement in international and national reporting mechanisms

Such as the UN Human Rights Council and its' Universal Periodic Review, the UN CEDAW Committee etc.

Consulted in the preparation of national report to the UN Human Rights Council
No
Included in the official delegation which orally presented the most recent national report to the Council
No
Discussed the conclusions and recommendations which the Council adopted as a result
No
Conducted hearings with the Executive about its plans to implement the conclusions and recommendations of the Human Rights Council
No

Committee powers

The Committee has the power to:

Propose amendments to legislation
Yes
Introduce bills into Parliament
Yes
Initiate parliamentary debates on its reports or on subjects of its choosing
No
Carry out inquiries
No
Hold oral evidence hearings
No
Compel witnesses to attend
No
Compel the production of documents and papers
No
Make recommendations to the Executive
No
Conduct visits, including visits abroad
No
Access places of detention without notice
No

Committee working methods

The Committee:

Adopts an annual or longer-term work plan
No
Publishes reports on its work on the parliamentary website
No
Usually reaches consensus on the issues on which it reports
Yes
Systematically follows up its reports and recommendations
No
Reports regularly to Parliament on its activities
Yes
Number of specialised staff to service committee
12

Cooperation and coordination

The Committee regularly cooperates and coordinates (e.g. through sharing of reports; meetings; joint follow-up action) with:

Other parliamentary committees
Sometimes
Civil society organisations
Never
National Human Rights Institution(s)
Never
Academic institutions, including research institutes on human rights and the rule of law
Never
The media
Never

Contact information for the Committee

Contact / Address
No information available
Phone
+46-87864000
Fax number
No information available
E-mail
Web site

Historical data for IPU membership

Historical data for IPU membership
Year IPU membership
2020-09
List of values for 2020-09
No
2019-04
List of values for 2019-04
No
2018-06
List of values for 2018-06
No