Week 24: Debate on flight and migration on International Refugee Day

Of: The Chancellery

New figures from the UNHCR show that more than 80 million people are currently on the run and that the number has more than doubled in the last ten years. This week, the debate has revolved around several aspects of flight and migration and several debaters believe that the rich countries in the world must take joint responsibility for the situation. Democracy and climate linked to the Chinese regime have also been debated and Swedish companies should stop assisting dictatorships in oppressing LGBTQI people.

June 21, 2021, Current debate

Aid actors have stopped turning a blind eye to trans and intersex issues

A person with eye shadow in the colors of the trans flag. Photo: Kyle, Unsplash

Of: Sofia Karlsson

Trans and intersex groups are particularly vulnerable to abuse, intimidation and discrimination. At the same time, they are underfunded by aid actors globally, despite the fact that the issue has now received more attention and the movement has made great progress. Swedish assistance to trans and intersex organization is a world leader, but many challenges remain.

May 18, 2021, Report

The EU takes up the fight against Poland's LGBTQ-free zones

In 2020, discrimination against LGBTQ people continued to increase in Poland. Photo: Unsplash

Of: Erica Frank

As in many other parts of the world, right-wing populism and discrimination against LGBTQ people have grown in Poland. For the past two years, the Polish government has declared a third of Poland's cities as LGBTQ - free zones. Reports from 2020 describe how the zones can both be seen as examples of how democratic institutions weakened during the pandemic, but also as part of a longer process of democratic degradation.

April 1, 2021, News

Can civil society reclaim space?

But when is disobedience legitimate? How can the conflict between the civil and the state be analyzed? writes Vsevolod Lukashenok. Photo: Takner, Flickr

Of: Vsevolod Lukashenok

Civil society operates in an increasingly shrinking space, state reports from CIVICUS, Forum Syd and Concord. In Russia, Turkey, Israel, Uganda and China, among others, freedom of expression, assembly and organization has been restricted. In order to conduct business in cases where the state monopoly of violence also becomes a monopoly of opinion, activists are forced to use civil disobedience - […]

March 21, 2019, Chronicle

The LGBTQI movement on the rise in a new India

The Pride Parade in Mumbai 2019

From the Pride Parade on February 2, 2019. The picture shows members of the organization Hamsafar Trust, which is involved in organizing Pride in Mumbai. Photo: Sofia Brännström and Isabell Carlsson

Of: Isabell Carlsson and Sofia Brännstrom

Thousands of people attended this year's Pride Parade in Mumbai, India. In the autumn, it became legal to have same-sex sex - a great victory for the LGBTQI movement. But there is still a lot to do to achieve a tolerant India, the pride participants say. The rainbow flag flutters proudly in the air and adorns make-up faces and placards. Around the parade are police […]

March 5, 2019, FUF-correspondents

March for women's rights and health!

Of: Kristina Ljungros and Maria Andersson

Donald Trump's administration risks a severe blow to women's rights and health, even far beyond the borders of the United States. In a situation where the United States may withdraw assistance in efforts related to sexual and reproductive health and rights, it is all the more important that other countries intensify their work in this area. That is why we are demonstrating tomorrow in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington, write Kristina Ljungros and Maria Andersson from RFSU.

January 20, 2017, Debate

Necessary to ban arms exports to dictatorships

Of: Linda Åkerström

Sweden exports weapons to countries that oppress women and LGBTQ people; countries that seriously violate human rights. Why do we trust these governments enough to supply them with munitions? It is time to put an end to arms exports that undermine the pursuit of freedom and democracy, writes Linda Åkerström from the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Association.

January 9, 2017, Debate

Aid saves lives

Of: Ann Svensén, Anna Hägg-Sjöquist, Annica Sohlström, Bo Forsberg, Daniel Grahn, Eva Christina Nilsson, Gunnel Axelsson Nycander, Johanna Sandahl, Magnus Falklöf, Maria Andersson, Niclas Lindgren and Sofia Walan

Every fifth aid krona is used today to handle refugee reception in Sweden. The fact that the government is now investigating whether it is possible to take additional funds from Swedish development assistance, as much as 60 percent, risks increasing the number of people who are forced to flee. It writes representatives of twelve aid organizations.

November 6, 2015, Debate

LGBTQ-certify all Swedish aid organizations

Of: Tobias Peterson

The Swedish LGBTQ movement and the government are on their toes about LGBTQ issues in development aid policy. Sweden provides aid to homophobic countries and through the recognition of Palestine, homophobic forces were recognized. In order to send the right signals, Sweden must include LGBTQ rights in each recipient country's performance strategy. In addition, all Swedish aid organizations should be LGBTQ-certified, writes Tobias Petersson who is an LGBTQ activist and writer with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa.

August 3, 2015, Debate