More should be done to fight racism in Sweden says Council of Europe

Sami flag. Radio Sweden.The Council of Europe says Sweden needs to do more to combat racism.

In a new report, the Strasbourg-based council’s Commission on Racism and Intolerance recommends that Sweden introduce a plan against segregation in housing, and also calls for action against increasing racism on the Internet, including racism against Sweden’s Arctic indigenous Sami people.

The council says Sweden has improved in many respects since the last report, but much remains to be done, regarding housing, work, education and the criminal justice system.

The Council of Europe notes that few reported incidents of racism or discrimination in Sweden end up in the courts. The report also calls for recruiting more police from the groups that are the targets of discrimination.

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