"If Sweden is to continue to be seen as a pioneering country in development aid, we must be prepared to lead - not by creatively trying to circumvent the main purpose of development aid." Several leaders of Swedish aid organizations write about the government's announcement that Sweden's refugee reception should be able to be deducted from the aid. Pictured: informal settlements in Yemen. Photo: EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid. Source: Flickr.
Of: Fanny Andersson and Julia Lundén Azzeddine
The leadership continues to be largely dominated by political consequences stemming from Russia's war against Ukraine. But now voices are also beginning to be raised about Swedish development assistance and the need to also focus on other humanitarian issues.
April 11, 2022, Current debate
Adnan runs the Instagram account Syria before 2011 to keep the memories alive through photos from before the war.
In the picture you see Aleppo in 2008. Photo: JH Wu
Of: Frida Ekberg Berry
In Syria, the war has now been going on for ten years. Millions of people have been forced to flee and the disaster is a fact. Without forgetting this cruelty to which the country's population is exposed, it is important to remember the country that existed before the war, thinks Adnan Samman, creator of the Instagram account Syria before 2011.
May 7, 2021, Report
Of: Linnea Boström
During the past week, children's rights have been debated. DN's review of international adoptions was in its second week and OmVärlden took up the government's actions regarding the Swedish children living in prison camps in Syria. Sweden as a humanitarian state has been questioned at the same time as problems with authoritarian regimes have been discussed.
March 8, 2021, Current debate
The people of Syria are more concerned about escalating violence than the spread of the coronavirus. Photo: Freedom House / Flickr
Of: Karl Fahlvik
The organization Syria Relief works to help sick women and children in Syria with local doctors and nurses. But the corona pandemic is causing concern in a country plagued by war and insecurity.
September 11, 2020, News
Of: Sarah Hyde
The corona crisis has started the debate about how big Sweden's aid should really be. The goal that one percent of Sweden's GNI should go to development assistance has met with both defense and criticism on debate and leadership pages this week. The Corona pandemic further highlights the need for international cooperation, according to several debaters.
May 20, 2020, Current debate
The Chinese verdict against the Swedish author and publisher Gui Minhai has created tensions between Sweden and China. Photo: Pixabay and Chris McKenna (CC BY-SA)
Of: Rebecka Rönnegård
Following the ruling against Gui Minhai, Sweden's diplomatic relationship with China is being opposed to sharp action for human rights. It has created debate on Swedish opinion pages. In addition, 14 European foreign ministers are calling for a ceasefire following an escalating conflict in the Syrian province of Idlib.
February 27, 2020, Current debate
Following the recent bombings in Syria, an additional 700 people have been forced to flee their homes. Photo: Pexels
Of: Akram Abdul Rahman
The latest military airstrikes in Syria have forced more than 700 people to flee in already war-torn Syria. Many debaters believe that the new refugee crisis requires EU support.
February 20, 2020, Current debate
The al-Hol camp in Syria is home to about 70 people, many of whom are children. Photo: Y. Boechat / Voice of America
Of: Kerstin Edquist
The children of Swedish IS fighters who are stuck in Syria should be taken home immediately. It writes several debaters and directs harsh criticism against the government. In addition, Sweden's responsibility to receive refugees and respect the right to asylum was debated.
February 6, 2020, Current debate
In Turkey, there are about 3,5 million Syrians fleeing the war. But under Turkish law, they are not seen as refugees. Many are now being deported back to Syria.
Of: Adam Eskång
The situation of Syrian refugees in Turkey is anything but certain. They must be integrated, learn the language and find their place in society, while not knowing if they can stay at all. Several reports show that Syrians are being deported against their will.
January 27, 2020, FUF-correspondents
Sweden's and the EU's relationship with Turkish President Erdogan has been on the agenda this week. It also has the Swedish development assistance budget. Photo: Russia Presidential Office and Maria Eklind
Of: Rebecka Rönnegård
Turkey's offensive in northern Syria characterizes the Swedish debate this week as well. More people have been forced to flee, which has created humanitarian needs. The Swedish government and the EU have been criticized for not doing enough. In addition, the debate on the size of the development assistance budget continued.
October 23, 2019, Current debate