SCANDINAVIAN HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYERS has over the years published a number of reports within the framework of EU-projects
where we have been Swedish experts. In addition, we have published reports on certain subject areas. We are often involved in the public debate
on human rights, and the reports are a complement to the conversations in which we are involved.
INQUIRY INTO THE ASYLUM PROCESSES OF RELIGIOUS CONVERTS IN SWEDEN
The Inquiry Into the Asylum Processes of Religous Converts in Sweden is a research report with the aim of obtaining statistics on how converts’ Christian faith is assessed in the asylum process. In a w15. This was especially true of asylum seekers from Afghan roots. Within this group, a relatively large number have converted to the Christian faith. This has shed light on issues related to faith, religion and conversion in relation to the asylum process.
Scandinavian human rights lawyers were responsible for the legal portion of the text. Our findings showed that the right to conversion, the act of changing one’s religion, and having a legally secure and objective examination of their grounds for asylum are both fundamental human right. Our analysis showed that the Swedish Migration Agency’s decisions were often in conflict with Swedish law, international law and human rights. The European Court of Justice, the UNCHR guidelines and the UN Committee against Torture provide the necessary guidance regarding the application of international conventions in this area, and our analysis revealed the systematic shortcomings at the Swedish Migration Board in their assessments. All in all, the investigation’s conclusion was that the Swedish Migration Agency’s decisions in the converted cases examined were arbitrary and legally insecure.
A summary of the report is available in Enlgish by clicking the link down below. The full report, however, is wrtitten in Swedish and is available here.
THE REFERRAL FOR LEGAL ASSISTANCE IN THE CASE OF VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Victims of human trafficking often face challenges, especially in the area of legal aid and representation. Access to justice is widely recognized as one of the fundamental human rights, but victims of human trafficking are prevented from fully exercising this fundamental right.
This publication was part of the project “Strengthening multidisciplinary cooperation to ensure effective referral, assistance, rights protection for victims of human trafficking”, funded by the European Commission, Justice Program. The project was carried out by Association Pro Refugiu Romania (Coordinator), Caritas International Belgium (Partner), Association Trabe Iniciativas para la Economia Social y Solidaria Spain (Partner) and Scandinavian Human Rights Lawyers (Partner).
THE REFERRAL MECHANISM TO ASSIST VICTIMS OF CRIMES IN DOMESTIC AND CROSS-BORDER CASES
“The Referral Mechanism to Assist Victims of Crime in Domestic and Cross-Border Cases” har publicerats under initiativet “‘Pro Victims Justice through an Enhanced Rights’ Protection and Stakeholders Cooperation’ och tittar på rättsliga ramar för offerskydd på europeisk och nationell nivå, förfarandena för att identifiera offer i Bulgarien, Rumänien, Tyskland och Sverige och respektive indikatorer. Rapporten tar också upp hänvisningen till gratis juridisk hjälp och de viktigaste faserna i straffrättsliga förfaranden och de rättigheter som offren har i nationella och gränsöverskridande ärenden. Publikationen erbjuder en kort översikt över institutioner och organisationer som garanterar rättigheterna för dessa personer i de deltagande länderna. Rapporten riktar sig till företrädare för behöriga brottsbekämpande och rättsliga myndigheter, praktiserande jurister samt medborgare som utsatts för brott.
BOOKLET FOR VICTIMS OF CRIMES
If you have been the victim of a crime, you will probably find yourself in an unknown situation regarding the criminal proceedings, the steps to be followed as part of the trial, the rights to which you are entitled.
The hope is that this booklet will clarify most ambiguities and answer questions, as well as provide an understanding of the legal steps and rights you have under the legislation in Romania, Bulgaria, Germany and Sweden.
For each country, the most important steps in the process and the rights you have are presented. At the end of each country presentation, you will find a link to the project website, which contains useful information about institutions and organizations with expertise to protect your rights.
A HANDBOOK FOR SOCIAL-HEALTH-LEGAL PROFESSIONALS SUPPORTING THE REFUGEES INTEGRATION
The focus of this handbook is on the health, social, legal and professional integration of refugees, and this handbook contributes to questioning the existing methods in different areas. It aims to encourage discussion and reflection. Based on an analysis of the situation, living conditions and various parameters in five European countries (Romania, Belgium, Germany, Spain and Sweden), as well as on practical experience, it presents examples, concepts, success factors and obstacles in order to help readers in their own reflections, and thereby enrich activities in several different fields of activity. The diversity of examples and illustrations, given the details of each context, contributes to an international perspective and activities in a wide range of different fields within activities with refugees.
This publication was prepared as part of a knowledge and integration project for sustainable refugee reception, and was produced by Pro Refugiu Association Romania, Caritas International Belgium, Passage e.V. Germany, Association Trabe Iniciativas para la Economia Social y Solidaria Spain and Scandinavian Human Rights Lawyers, Sweden.
HANDBOOK FOR LEGAL, SOCIAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL INVOLVED IN THE PROTECTION OF THE RIGHTS AND THE ASSISTANCE OF VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
This handbook addresses the legal framework for protecting and supporting victims of human trafficking, the process of secondary victimization through the criminal justice system, the role of psychologists and social workers in the criminal process and the interdisciplinary work in dealing with human trafficking cases.
The handbook contains four parts: 1) EU and national regulatory frameworks; 2) avoidance of secondary victimization during legal proceedings; 3) the role of psychologists and social workers in legal proceedings; and 4) the need for an interdisciplinary team to provide adequate support to victims.
This handbook was developed as part of the “Strengthening multidisciplinary cooperation to ensure effective referral, assistance, rights protection for victims of human trafficking” project and was funded by the European Commission, Justice Program. The project was coordinated by Association Pro Refugiu Romania in collaboration with Caritas International Belgium, Center for the Study of Democracy Bulgaria, Association Trabe Iniciativas para la Economia Social y Solidaria Spain and Scandinavian Human Rights Lawyers.
STUDY REPORT: THE INTEGRATION OF REFUGEES IN ROMANIA, BELGIUM, GERMANY, SPAIN AND SWEDEN
The number of people seeking refugee status in Europe has increased significantly in recent years. The refugees live year after year with little hope of ever returning home: some because their countries are involved in endless conflicts, others because they fear persecution if they return. For the majority of refugees in Europe, integration is the most sustainable solution, but it is a complex and gradual process with legal, economic, social and cultural dimensions. Integration places great demands on both the individual and the host society.
The purpose of the study is to highlight existing projects and gaps and develop a set of recommendations that can support future strategies regarding integration policy and projects. The study was prepared as part of the transnational project, “Enhance professionals ‘knowledge for a sustainable refugees’ integration”, and was funded by the Erasmus Program Strategic Partnerships, VET Action. The project is coordinated by the Romanian organization Association Pro Refugiu in collaboration with Caritas International Belgium, Passage gGmbH Germany, the Scandinavian Human Rights Lawyers in Sweden and Trabe Iniciativas para la Economia Social y Solidaria Spain.
MANUAL FOR LAWYERS, PROSECUTORS AND JUDGES
The Legal Manual for Lawyers, Prosecutors and Judges är en juridisk handbok för jurister, åklaragare och domare som utvecklades som en del av det transnationella projektet “Strengthening lawyers’ legal knowledge and cooperation with the prosecutors and judges, to protect victims of human trafficking rights in the judicial proceedings”. Projektet koordineras av Association Pro Refugiu Romania, i samarbete med Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation, KOKThe German NGO Network against Trafficking in Human Beings, ECPAT Germany och Skandinaviska Människorättsjuristerna.
I denna rapport bidrog Skandinaviska Människorättsjuristerna med en expertanalys av insatser mot människohandel i Sverige. I kapitel 19-23 redogör vi för Sveriges strategier för att bekämpa människohandel och skydda offrensr rätt, Sveriges nationell remissmekanism, svenska lagstifning om människohandel, offrens rättigheter vid åtal och domstolsfaser, juridska ramverk, fallstudier och ekonomisk ersättning för offer för människhoandel i Sverige.
TRAIN THE TRAINERS GUIDE
Trafficking in human beings (THB) and esp. trafficking of children are complex, not easy to investigate and to identify victims and a challenge to consider the well-being of the victims. At the same time it is a growing global crime with a lot of profit for the traffickers and new forms are being developed.
The following guide developed by ECPAT Germany serves as a basis for educating involved lawyers and law enforcement in general about the issue and training them about the specific challenges that a process with victims of trafficking in human beings entails. The guide was developed as part of the project Strengthening lawyers legal knowledge and cooperation with prosecutors and judges, to protect victims of human trafficking rights in the judicial proceedings, a project coordinated by the Romanian organization Association Pro Refugiu in partnership with ECPAT Germany, KOK – German NGO network against trafficking in human beings, Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation and Scandinavian Human Rights Lawyers Sweden. The guide has been written in order to assist people who are providing training to legal professionals on the topic of trafficking and exploitation of human beings.