The Tort Liability Act is to state that a person who, in accordance with the European Convention on Human Rights, has seen their rights abused by the state or a municipality should receive compensation for the damages caused. The state or municipality are to pay damages to the extent necessary to compensate the harm caused.
Since 1995, the European Convention on Human Rights has been applicable as Swedish law.
The right to compensation in certain cases for those who have suffered damages due to deprivation of liberty or other coercive measures is also to be extended.
The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal. The changes will come into force on 1 April 2018.