Sweden to be quizzed on Sami rights

The Sami Flag. (Photo: Daniel Hallin/SVT)

This week, representatives from the Swedish state will be questioned by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights about how they preserve the rights of the country’s minorities.

The situation of the Sweden’s indigenous Sami population will be addressed, including fears that their rights may be disregarded in connection with the expected mining expansion in the north.

”It’s worrying that the so called green transition is placed above the rights of the indigenous Sami people,” says Charlotta Göller, a spokesperson for the NGO the Fund for Global Human Rights to Swedish Radio News.

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