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Civil Rights Defenders is monitoring the situation for civil and political rights both globally and in Sweden. Within our team, we have experts on a range of topics and regions. Don’t hesitate to contact us with your press inquiry and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Can’t find what you are looking for? You are welcome to contact us at press@crd.org.


Civil Rights Defenders monitors the situation for civil and political rights globally. We work together with more than 200 partner organisations worldwide.

Regions we monitor:

Examples of areas:

  • The situation for human rights defenders globally
  • Threats and persecution of activists, journalists, and opposition
  • Democratic backsliding and repressive legislation
  • Elections, protests, and democratic development
  • The situation for freedom of expression, assembly, and association
  • Digital security and surveillance
  • Discrimination against the LGBTI+ community, ethnic minorities, or other vulnerable groups
  • Grave international crimes and universal jurisdiction


Civil Rights Defenders’ Legal department acts as Sweden’s local civil rights watchdog. As part of our work, our legal advisers pursue some individual legal cases when human rights have been violated. We also work with advocacy towards politicians, the Swedish police and those in power. We also write reports on the issues we work with.

Our legal advisers cover the following areas in Sweden:

  • Racism and discrimination
  • Ethnic and racial profiling
  • Hate crime legislation
  • Indigenous Sami rights
  • Ban on begging and other issues concerning vulnerable EU citizens
  • The compulsory care situation
  • Grave international crimes and universal jurisdiction
  • Asylum rights including medical age assessments
  • Police violence
  • The right to privacy
  • The right to a fair trial


Contact us at +46 (0) 76 576 27 62 or press@crd.org.