UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to become law in Sweden

Published: 18 June 2018 at 09.19

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is to become law in Sweden. The basic principle in the Convention is that children are individuals with their own rights, and it was adopted by the UN in 1989. Sweden already approved the Convention in 1990 and was obliged to follow it as a result, but it has not yet had an impact overall.

The existing Swedish legislation is well in line with the provisions of the Convention and in many cases it goes farther. However, surveys and reports from various inquiries and government agencies have indicated that it has not had sufficiently great impact in activities carried out at state and municipal level or in the way it has been applied in the law. Making the Convention law will help a point of view based on the legal rights of the child to gain more acceptance in practice.

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal. The amendments will come into force on 1 January 2020.

At the same time, the Committee proposes that the Riksdag calls on the Government by way of an announcement to follow up compliance with the Convention and to ensure that it is used in accordance with Swedish law.