The Gold Standard: Sweden
Sweden sets the gold standard for human rights foreign policy promotion: funding, sheltering, mediating, and advocating for the full spectrum of human rights, all over the world, for several generations. Sweden represents a gold standard in another way as well, in that human rights promotion is grounded in a high level of affluence and security. This chapter documents Sweden's contribution to the international human rights regime. After mapping Sweden's human rights foreign policy, it analyzes the sources of this strong record of human rights promotion. Sweden's history as a peace-seeking and sheltered small power created an opportunity to project its values, in the hope of creating a like-minded world amenable to stable cooperation and trade.
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