Last week, the Swedish Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee discussed human rights in Swedish foreign politics.
Last week, the Swedish Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee discussed human rights in Swedish foreign politics. In the debate, numerous countries were brought up, including China, Burma, Nicaragua and South Sudan, where some members of the Foreign Affairs Committee wanted further Swedish engagement. Another issue that was brought up by two member of the committee was the Swedish engagement in implementing resolution 1325 in conflict ridden Colombia.
what was said about resolution 1325?
Both Elisabeth Björnsdotter Rahm (M) och Désireé Pethrus (KD) raised the importance of addressing the basic human rights and that Sweden needs to be in the forefront when working with these issues. The Swedish development cooperation project in Colombia, which spans from 2009-2013, was evaluated in 2011, leaving interesting focus points to be adressed. After the evaluation, it was realised that Sweden should focus on women as peace actors in the Colombian conflict. With this statement, the parlamentarians reference resolution 1325 and its related resolutions as relevant frameworks for Sweden to focus on when working with solutions to the internal conflict of Colombia. With this regard, resolution 1325 is looked upon as a strategic tool to make the voices of margialised people heard.
What is sweden doing in colombia?
The Swedish development cooperation in Colombia directs much focus on finding a method negotiating solution to the Colombian conflict, which involves the country’s government and several political guerilla forces. Through the development cooperation, Sweden’s main focus in the conflict is on peace meaures where human rights, gender equality, women’s participation and resolution 1325 are present. This will hopefully enable Sweden to contribute to a more peaceful Colombia.