All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. This is stated in Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948). Human rights describe what may not be done against any person and what must be done for every person. It therefore affects all individuals and areas of society.
The responsibility of central government, regions, county councils and municipalities
It is ultimately the government that is responsible for ensuring that everyone in the country has their rights. When dealing with people directly, the Swedish government has given a large part of responsibility to regions, county councils and municipalities for such issues as healthcare, childcare, elderly care, education and so on. In doing so, regions, county councils and municipalities have taken over some of the responsibility for human rights from the government.
The commission of the Committee on human rights
The Committee has the mandate to take initiative, draw up proposals and act as a referral body and adviser to the regional boards in matters relating to human rights. The department of human rights is a support unit for civil servants in achieving this commission.
Among other things, the Committee works with:
supporting the development of systematic processes for human rights highlighting the benefits of a rights-based approach for individuals and organisations driving work on the prevention of discrimination as a result of sex, gender identity or gender expression, ethnic affiliation, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation or age.
What is the situation for organisations in the Västra Götaland Region?
To ensure that human rights are respected by organisations in the Västra Götaland Region, decisions must take human rights into consideration and the organisations must be characterised by participation, equality, transparency and accountability