Anti-Corruption, Climate Migration & Human Rights Cities at MR Dagarna

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute will hold a number of seminars and discussions at the Swedish Forum for Human Rights (MR Dagarna) in Jönköping next week, from anti-corruption work to what it means to be a human rights city. The institute is one of the main organizers behind the Swedish Forum for Human Rights in Jönköping November 9 to 11 this year.

“The Swedish Forum for Human Rights in Jönköping is an arrangement that has over time become the most important and biggest event of the year for human rights in Sweden,” says RWI’s Deputy Director Rolf Ring. “By being a co-organizer we also have the opportunity to influence the form and setup for the event.”



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Participants: Thuli Madonsela, former public prosecutor of South Africa; Hanna Gerdes, a Swedish lawyer who works with legal advisory, advocacy and human rights; Martin Ängeby, Swedish International Liberal Centre; and Morten Kjaerum, director of RWI
Where & when: Friday 10 November at Hammarskjöldsalen 16:30-17:30
The seminar will be held in English and interpreted to sign language (Swedish)

Thuli Madonsela is a South African advocate and served as the Public Protector of South Africa in 2016 , and she also helped draft the final constitution of South Africa promulgated by President Nelson Mandela in the mid 90’s.

During her lecture, that take place on Friday the 10th, she will elaborate on how corruption is one of the biggest impediments locally and globally, not only for the realization of human rights but for the sustainable development agenda as well.


Participants: Clarisse Kehler Siebert (Research Fellow at Stockholm Environment Institute), Frank Baber (Fullbright Scholar), Matthew Scott (researcher at RWI)
Where & when: Saturday 11th in Konferensrum 13, 11:30 – 12:30

This panel discusses migration as both a consequence of climate change and as an effective adaptation strategy to it and the role of human rights in that context.


Participants: Aleksander Gabelic (FN-Förbundet), Andrea Bondesson (Funktionsrätt Sverige), Eva-Lena Gustavsson (Sveriges Riksdag), Katri Linna (Människorättsjurist, Civil Right Defenders), Morten Kjaerum (Director, RWI) Måns Molander  (Director, Sweden & Denmark Human Rights Watch)
Where & when: Thursday 9th in Konferensrum 14, 11:00-12:00
Organizer: Nätverket för en svensk MR-institution

Experter från människorättssamhället och riksdagen diskuterar hur MR-institutionen ska utformas för att på bästa sätt förverkliga människors rättigheter.


Where & when: Friday 10 November, Konferensrum 19, 10:30-12:00Participants
: Morten Kjaerum (Director RWI), Ulrika Dagård (Lunds kommun), Vera Renberg (Piteå kommun).
Moderator: Anna Lindström (SKL)
Organizer: Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SKL)

Hur kan en kommun, ett landsting eller region bli bättre på att jobba rättighetsbaserat? Director Morten Kjaerum in collaboration with Ulrika Dagård from Lund municipality and Vera Renberg from Piteå Municipality will talk about what it takes to have human rights cities or regions in Sweden.


The coordinator of the ARDI Intergovernmental Group, Alfiaz Vaiya, will together with Soraya Post (MEP), Morten Kjaerum (RWI), Massimo Toschi (FRA) and Anna Robinson (IGLYO) provide an overview of how the work for human rights is carried out in the European Parliament and at EU level.

Where & when: Friday 14:30 – 16:00 Hammarskjöldsalen

A hands on and experience-based presentation on how to work with and for human rights at the European Parliament and at EU level. ARDI is an intergroup at the European Parliament responsible for rasing issues and knowledge on racsism and discrimination. ARDI has successfully developed several proposals for changes on how the European Parliament should work with these issues. For example, to warn and sanction members that enage in hate speech during plenary sessions.

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About the Swedish Forum for Human Rights:

The Swedish Forum for Human Rights has been Scandinavia’s biggest venue for inspiration, debates, professional development and networking in the area of human rights for the past 15 years. The Forum is a non-profit project organized by a coalition of organizations. In 2017, the Raoul Wallenberg Institute is one of nine different organizations behind the Forum together with the Academy for Democracy, Diakonia, the Swedish Foundation for Human Rights, the association Ordfront, Sensus Study Association, Ibn Rushd Study Association, the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Gothenburg and the Swedish Church.

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