The Swedish Foundation for Human Rights (SFHR) is a politically and religiously independent organisation established in 1991 to promote human rights internationally and in Sweden. The organisation was founded by Amnesty International – Swedish section, Diakonia, Save the Children Alliance, Swedish Red Cross and the Swedish Church. Since 2008, the SFHR is part of the Swedish popular education network Sensus, while maintaining its status as an independent foundation with its own board.
Our symbol is a doubleturned face symbolising our mission to both monitor and examine human rights. We always strive to contribute with different approaches and perspectives.
The SFHR’s vision is a world where human rights are respected, a society where different actors have knowledge of their responsibilities within human rights, and where each person is aware of their own rights and as well as of the tools needed to claim these rights.
The SFHR’s mission is to strengthen the human rights perspective of state and non-state actors in Sweden and internationally, through education, international cooperation, advocacy and monitoring. This way we aim to promote the respect for and enjoyment of human rights. We particularly work to enhance the awareness of human rights at government, municipality and civil society level and to strengthen the rights of vulnerable groups.
The main target group for the work in Sweden is decision makers in governmental agencies, Parliament, civil society organisations and media.
Internationally the stakeholders are human rights organisations and their respective target groups; the local population and authorities as well as key persons and decision makers at the global and regional human rights mechanisms.
Funds for the work stem mainly from Swedish authorities such as Sida, the Foreign Office, the Swedish Institute and the Folke Bernadotte Academy but lately also from the Swedish Post Code Lottery. Some funding comes from training and professional commissions.