Swedish companies develop a conscience

Swedish multinational companies are becoming better at handling human rights issues, according to Amnesty International.

In a report produced by the organisation’s Swedish section, companies such as Ikea, Sandvik, SKF, Electrolux, Atlas Copco and OMX all performed very well.

“We are seeing a positive trend whereby companies are becoming more and more active. But at the same time we see that high-risk businesses, for example those involved in raw materials, are not sufficiently aware of the risk that their actions could violate human rights,” said Filippa W Bergin from Amnesty Business Group in a statement.

Among industrial companies, awareness of human rights issues is reported to have trebled over the past year.

But Amnesty calls for the raw materials industry to do more to prevent human rights violations. Industries such as forestry, oil and gas score lowest in the report.

The organisation points out that these industries are also exposed to the greatest risk, citing the exploitation of oil and gems in Africa as an example.


12,000 weapons were handed in during Swedish amnesty: police

A weapons amnesty has resulted in 12,000 weapons being voluntarily given up, according to Swedish police figures.

12,000 weapons were handed in during Swedish amnesty: police
File photo: Andreas Hillergren/TT

Hunting weapons constituted the largest proportion of the weapons given in to police during the amnesty period between February 1st and April 30th, while over 3,500 handguns were also submitted, according to the police website.

28 tonnes of ammunition were also handed in, police further confirmed.

A lower figure of 9,000 weapons had been reported around the time the amnesty ended in April.

But the 12,000 figure was confirmed via the statement on the police website, with project leader Joakim Norenhag declaring himself “satisfied” with the outcome.

“To have received so many weapons we were not previously aware of is naturally positive. But we should be very careful about saying this will have any impact on the shootings we have seen around the country,” Norenhag told TT.

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The South (Syd) police region topped the list of areas with the highest number of relinquished weapons. Around 15,000 weapons were collected during a similar amnesty in 2013.

This year’s amnesty, which was authorised by parliament, ran for three months from February 1st to April 30th. The amnesty allowed people in possession of unregistered or illegal weapons and ammunition to hand them in to police without facing legal pursuit.

Weapons handed in under the terms of the amnesty had to be given up voluntarily.

Persons leaving weapons with police were able to do so anonymously, while police did not have the right to carry out inquiries related to any of the submitted weapons.

In cases where the weapons have registered owners, the owners are informed by police, after which they have a month to collect their property.

Unclaimed and other weapons will eventually be scrapped or handed over to museums should they be rare or of interest.

The amnesty was valid for weapons and ammunition but not for explosives or explosive materials.

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