On December 16, 2020, the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) launched 21 new country reports on human rights, democracy, and the rule of law. The reports cover countries where Sweden has a permanent presence or a special commitment to human rights, including in North America, the Caribbean, and Latin America, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia.
The countries included are as follows:
- In North America, the Caribbean, and Latin America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Canada, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, the US, and Venezuela.
- In Eastern Europe and Central Asia: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.
Ann Linde, Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, indicated that respect for human rights and democracy is being challenged in many places. “That's why the government's human rights reports are more important than ever. They are a tool in promoting and strengthening respect for human rights, democracy, and the rule of law, as well as for contributing to the government's democratic drive", Linde said.
Since the early 2000s, the MFA has published reports on the human rights situations of many countries, updated about every two years.