Sweden adds US$11 million in additional funding for democracy, human rights to 2016-2021 development strategy for Asia, Oceania

Sweden has decided to add SEK 100 million (US$11 million) to its 2016-2021 strategy for regional development cooperation in Asia and Oceania, in response to deteriorations in democratic social development and respect for civil and political rights in some parts of the region, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Freedom of action for civil society organizations has been curtailed in several countries, independent media has increasingly come under pressure, and violence against women remains a major problem. According to the press release, corruption is rampant in many places, including in judicial systems in the region.

Press release – Government Offices of Sweden (in Swedish)