Legal Advice

Have you experienced discrimination on the basis of any of the following grounds?

  • Sex
  • Transgender identity or expression
  • Ethnicity
  • Religious beliefs
  • Disability
  • Sexual orientation
  • Age

Civil Rights Defenders offers information and legal advice free of charge about how you can exercise your rights.

Our legal advice concerning discrimination is limited to Stockholm, where we work alongside Antidiskrimineringsbyrån Stockholm Norr and Antidiskrimineringsbyrån Stockholm Syd.

Civil Rights Defenders has a focus on the rights of the indigenous Sami people and offers legal advice in related discrimination cases, regardless of region.

Civil Rights Defenders also cooperates with Stadsmissionen/Crossroads in a project aimed at preventing hate crimes against Roma EU citizens in Malmö, and therefore offer legal advice concerning the discrimination of this group.

We also offer free legal advice to asylum seekers, and we act as legal representatives in the migration process.

Contact us

You can reach us by email or telephone:

Telephone hours are Tuesdays 13.30–17.00 and Thursdays 09.30–12.00. If you wish to contact us at other times, we kindly ask you to use the above email address.

Please note that we do not receive visits without prior appointment. After our initial contact by email or telephone, we will assess whether a meeting at our office should be arranged.

Other actors you can turn to

Other actors you can turn to if you feel that you have been discriminated are:

  • Local anti-discrimination bureaus. If you are residing in an area in Sweden in which Civil Rights Defenders doesn’t have a presence, there are local anti-discrimination bureaus that you can contact. Here you can find a list of all bureaus and in which regions they are located.
  • The Equality Ombudsman (DO). DO is a government agency that works to combat discrimination. Victims of discrimination can turn to DO and file a complaint. You can find more information about DO and how to file a complaint here.
  • Your trade union. If you have been discriminated at work and are a member of a trade union, you should in the first place contact your union.

If you have experienced a human rights violation that is not discrimination, you are welcome to contact us through the above listed emailaddress or telephone number. In such cases, we will primarily provide you with information about where you can turn for advice and support.

Civil Rights Defenders is not a governmental agency and is thus not bound by the principle of public access to information. Everyone who deals with your case will be bound by confidentiality.

When you contact us, you have the right to be anonymous. If you choose to share personal information, it will be handled in compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). For more information on how we process personal data, please see our Personal Data Privacy Policy.