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Crimes Against Human Rights Defenders: A Call for Immediate Action to Cease Torture

We urgently appeal to human rights defenders and organizations worldwide to scrutinize our case and help end the torture crisis currently unfolding. Our contact details are available below on this website. Grave crimes such as murder, torture, and enforced disappearances demand thorough investigation, not by politicians whose involvement may obscure the true extent of these abuses, but by competent law enforcement professionals. We implore human rights entities to intervene with their expertise, ensuring justice and transparency prevail.

Empowering Survivors and Victims: Supporting those who defend human rights means also providing aid and resources to the victims of these heinous crimes, facilitating their journey towards healing and justice.
Healing and Reunification: We go beyond the courtroom to mend the rifts caused by enforced disappearances, aiming to heal and reunite families torn apart by such injustices.
Advocacy and Support: Standing with Human Rights Defenders in need of urgent help sends a strong message of solidarity for justice, human rights, and the restoration of dignity to those affected.
Comprehensive Goals: Our objectives include reuniting families, halting the cycle of torture, enhancing the mechanisms of justice and transparency, aligning Sweden with international human rights standards, and advocating for the silenced victims seeking justice.

🔴 The Immediate Need: The persistence of torture in Sweden signals a critical and urgent need for intervention. This crisis is not a remnant of the past but a continuing violation that needs to be stopped in real-time. Every second counts in the fight against the suppression and torture of innocent lives. The silence of those suffering under torture must be broken, not by the institutions that have failed them, but by a concerted global effort to restore their voices. This is a call to action—not in the realm of fiction, but a plea grounded in the stark reality of ongoing human rights violations.

Human Rights Defenders & Families Subjected to Systematic Torture Due to Their Disclosures

Tortured company owner
Mr Rivinoja

The Human Right defender and company's owner endured a decade of harrowing threats, marked by extortion using automatic weapons during legal proceedings. This ordeal was exacerbated by persistent legal violations, including multiple knife attacks. The escalating threats necessitated bodyguards, who were tragically murdered and assaulted.
We need your support now more than ever. Join us in our crucial effort to halt the continuing human rights violations and put an end to this horror.

Tortured boy in Sweden
Boy 13 years old

As the children grow older, unfortunately, they understand their father's fear of attacks and abuse. Their schooling was characterized by protection and bodyguards. The boy, deeply traumatized by state-sanctioned torture, was too afraid to go to school on his own due to fears of assault and kidnapping. The child is missing due to a state-enforced disappearance and, as a result, cannot receive rehabilitation for the psychological torture that has harmed the boy.

Tortured child 8 years old
Girl 8 years old

An innocent child victimized by torture. Her entire childhood was marred by state-sanctioned threats involving automatic weapons, knife attacks at home, and coerced extortion, culminating in a forced disappearance 2 weeks before the government decision in where her father remains unaware of her whereabouts.
When the children have been subjected to a forced disappearance, they cannot receive adequate care for the injuries and trauma caused by torture.

Tortured child
Girl 5 years old

An innocent girl, thrust into a terrifying world where the state even threatens infants with automatic weapons. Every day of her life has been marked by these alarming threats, showcasing the state's unforgivable actions. How can a state, meant to protect its citizens, instead spread such fear leading to kidnapping? We need your support now more than ever. Join us in our crucial effort to halt the continuing human rights violations and put an end to this horror. 

Immediate action is imperative to halt the continuous violations against human rights defenders, as delineated in the EU Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders. This action target international organizations and Human Rights Fighters dedicated to assisting and safeguarding human rights defenders whose fundamental rights are infringed upon and who are facing immediate or serious risk.

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Seized Attention Ongoing violations vs. EU guidelines on Human Rights Defenders

✅  This site reports to global organizations helping human rights defenders at risk or with violated rights. Our email includes PDF links detailing the violations. We need urgent aid due to risks from exposing large-scale human rights abuses. Our investigation has significant evidence, with documents for investigators.

Urgent support is requested to provide protection and swift assistance for human rights defenders in danger. These individuals are targeted for attacks and their rights are violated, necessitating immediate measures to ensure their safety and uphold their rights. It underscores the imperative for support and measures aligned with European Union (EU) standards for safeguarding human rights advocates. This website is dedicated to the challenges faced by Human Habit, a Swedish organization advocating for human rights.
It underscores the urgent need for support and action in line with EU guidelines for human rights defenders.
These individuals face risks for revealing human rights abuses overlooked by the Swedish government due to its policies. As defenders of human rights, they experience attacks and violations, including severe mistreatment like deliberate disappearances of family members by state officials, torture, refusal of medical treatment for injuries from torture, and neglect of legal rights. These actions directly violate the European Union's guidelines for protecting human rights defenders. Immediate action is needed to protect these individuals and prevent more violations.

Call for Action: We are calling for your assistance to expose and tackle these pressing issues, which highlight a profound failure to protect human rights advocates. The EU Guidelines for Human Rights Defenders encourage us to leverage our knowledge and actively participate in this vital cause. The violations discussed breach these guidelines, showing extensive mistreatment and disregard for legal rights, necessitating urgent measures to protect those at risk. Immediate legal actions are required to stop the ongoing violations against human rights defenders, specifically the Swedish non-profit organization Human Habit, in accordance with the provisions outlined in the EU Guidelines for Human Rights Defenders.

EU Guidelines and Legal Framework: The EU Guidelines for Human Rights Defenders establish a legal framework and strategies for the EU to support and safeguard human rights defenders globally. This framework includes legal protections for their safety and dignity, particularly against torture or the forced disappearance of family members due to governmental actions. Often, these issues arise from the actions of senior officials, such as Justice Minister Gunnar Strömmer's mishandling of a torture report, which has significantly hindered the investigation of serious human rights abuses. This is especially concerning when it involves the government's oversight body, the Chancellor of Justice, being accused of torture and reported to law enforcement.

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Challenges in Defending Human Rights: Human rights defenders frequently face opposition from government policies. Human Habit has created this website to showcase the Swedish Government's neglect of crucial human rights, notably the rule of law, a key EU value. Defenders encounter severe government retaliation, including harassment, torture, and the enforced disappearance of family members. Sadly, human rights defenders globally are increasingly under threat and experiencing rights violations. The EU stresses the importance of ensuring the safety of human rights defenders and their families.

Support Requested for Human Habit: Human Habit, actively defending human rights in Sweden, needs your help to address these serious concerns, which indicate a significant lack of protection for those advocating for basic human rights. The government's targeted retaliation and rights violations against human rights defenders exacerbate this issue. Following the EU Guidelines, we invite human rights defenders and their organizations to contribute your expertise and actively engage in addressing this urgent matter.

Below is a detailed list of ongoing violations, their contexts, and why it's essential for human rights defenders to act: Overview and Specific Violations Against EU Guidelines for Human Rights Defenders

 In legal terms, the government's repeated decisions to conceal reported torture crimes signify a political agenda that effectively legalizes the use of torture in reported crimes. This action constitutes a clear violation of international human rights standards and poses an immediate threat to human rights defenders: The government's continuous neglect of torture complaints not only violates the prohibition on torture but also challenges a key EU principle, the rule of law, by trying to hide serious threats from state actors and a legal violation involving a stabbing in a human rights defender's private home. These incidents took place with the consent and involvement of the Chancellor of Justice in case T3106-18 at the Borås District Court, where human rights defenders, their families, and their legal representatives were threatened by state actors with automatic weapons in legal proceedings that lasted over 10 years. 

✅  The government's repeated decisions to withhold documented instances of reported torture crimes carry significant legal implications and contravene EU human rights conventions: The government's lack of action on reported torture in a decision by Justice Minister Gunnar Strömmer on December 1, 2022 (case Ju2022/02354), reviewed again on November 16, 2023 (case Ju2023/01791), breaks several rules of the UN Convention against Torture. This oversight goes against the European Convention's Articles 2 and 3, which protect against state violence and torture. This case also involves the forced disappearance of a father's children, a serious violation of international law and the Istanbul Protocol. The children faced psychological harm, were denied medical care, and the state did not investigate their torture injuries, showing a clear neglect of their rights to protection and legal action.

Urgent Action Needed Against Systematic Torture and State Violence: State actors have engaged in planned and systematic criminal acts, including torture, to influence legal proceedings. This approach involves subjecting family members to violence and threats, undermining the fairness of trials and fostering a climate of fear and insecurity. The EU Guidelines call for safeguarding against such state violence and torture, highlighting the responsibility of states to prevent these abuses and ensure the safety of human rights defenders and victims. The detailed incidents and their context highlight the urgent need for human rights defenders to take swift, temporary measures to protect those affected, prevent further dangers, and stop lasting damage to victims and their families. These measures align with the EU Guidelines for Human Rights Defenders, which prioritize the protection of human rights and support for victims of state violence and torture.

✅ Denial of Torture Investigations and Medical Care: The refusal to authorize investigations into reported torture crimes and to provide specialized medical treatment for torture injuries violates the victims' rights under Articles 2 and 3 of the European Convention.

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Key aspects of the EU guidelines relevant to protecting human rights defenders include providing immediate support to those at risk, conducting urgent local actions, and reporting on these efforts to relevant bodies for further action and evaluation.

Protection from Violence and Arbitrary Actions: The guidelines emphasize the EU's commitment to protecting human rights defenders from any violence, threats, retaliation, adverse discrimination, or any other arbitrary actions as a consequence of their legitimate exercise of rights. This is directly relevant to the reported murder of a bodyguard and threats against the family, highlighting violations of these principles.

Prevention of Further Abuse: Immediate measures can prevent further abuse and ensure the protection of victims from ongoing threats and violence.

Access to Justice: Interim measures can facilitate victims' access to justice, ensuring that complaints are investigated, and perpetrators are held accountable.

Medical and Psychological Support: Human Rights defenders victims of state actors violations, especially children, require immediate medical and psychological support to address the trauma of torture and abuse.

Safeguarding Fundamental Human Rights: The intervention of human rights defenders is crucial in safeguarding the fundamental human rights of victims, which are currently being violated.

Support and Visibility for Human Rights Defenders: The EU aims to offer visible recognition for human rights defenders and their work, including those at risk of or subjected to arbitrary detention or unfair legal proceedings. This support contrasts with the reported actions against the family and the father, where the systematic criminality aimed to suppress and retaliate against the defenders of human rights.

Preventing Irreparable Harm: Timely action can avert irreparable harm to victims and their families, preserving their well-being and dignity from strategically planned state-sponsored actions that violate victims with torture.

Promotion of Respect and Protection in EU Countries: The guidelines outline the EU's objective to influence EU countries to respect and protect human rights defenders from attacks and threats, including from non-state actors. The actions of the government and state actors in the reported cases contravene this objective, as they actively participate in or condone violations against the defenders and their families.

Monitoring, Reporting, and Assessment: The EU Heads of Mission are tasked with providing periodic reports on human rights situations, including threats or attacks against human rights defenders. The reported crimes should be subject to such monitoring and reporting, highlighting the need for EU intervention and support.

Practical Support for Human Rights Defenders: The guidelines detail measures for swift assistance and protection to human rights defenders in danger, including issuing emergency visas and facilitating temporary shelter. The situation described, involving enforced disappearance and threats of violence, underscores the urgent need for such practical support measures.

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The situation in Sweden, involving allegations of torture, enforced disappearances, and attacks on human rights defenders, potentially activates the International Criminal Court's (ICC) jurisdiction. Key legal points include:
Sweden's Rome Statute membership grants ICC jurisdiction over crimes committed on its soil or by its citizens.
Admissibility hinges on case gravity and national judicial inaction. The ICC Prosecutor can initiate probes independently, evaluating jurisdiction, admissibility, and justice.
Pre-Trial Chamber authorization is required for the Prosecutor to initiate investigations independently.
Such acts could be classified as crimes against humanity, given their systematic nature, underlining the ICC's role in providing international judicial mechanisms where domestic systems fail. Engaging with international legal entities and human rights organizations is crucial for affected individuals, aiming to bring issues to light and initiate ICC proceedings, necessitating detailed legal strategy and global collaboration.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Humanhabit's efforts as Human Rights Defenders began when we posted material as a video blog on our YouTube channel in 2022. The retaliation was immediate, with the murder of bodyguards, assaults with knife attacks, extortion, and the enforced disappearance of family members ahead of Gunnar Strömmer's government decision on December 1, 2022. Urgent action is crucial to stop the ongoing violations against human rights defenders, as outlined in the EU Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders. This action involves reaching out to international organizations and Human Rights Fighters dedicated to helping and protecting human rights defenders whose fundamental rights are violated and who are in immediate or serious danger. Human rights defenders and organizations are encouraged to review our case and provide assistance to end the ongoing torture situation. Our contact details are provided below on the website. Please support our case to put an end to these violations of basic human rights!

The accuracy of the information presented on this website can be verified through the principle of public access in Sweden. Documents from the government offices in case Ju2022/02354 are public records and can be requested by the general public. On November 16, 2023, Government Decision in case Ju2023/01791 revisited the decision made on December 1, 2022. Court documents from Borås District Court case number T3106-18 are also public records and can be requested by the general public. These documents are compiled into PDF files which can be downloaded from this website as evidence for the claims presented. The Government Offices, specifically the Ministry of Justice, can be contacted for inquiries regarding of public documents, including case files and journal sheets, in case Ju2022/02354 and Ju2023/01791 via email at 

If you wish to request a public document from the Parliamentary Administration's registry, please contact the registrar. For questions regarding the parliament's documents in case no. 2581-2022/23, contact the Parliament Information Service via e-mail at 

For inquiries regarding public documents, including the verdict, case appendices, and journal sheets from case number B310-12 or case number T3106-18, one can reach out to the Borås District Court via email at

Borås District Court can be reached via the contact details provided on their website, via below link

The Government Offices of Sweden can be reached via the contact details provided on their website, via below link

The Swedish Riksdag, parliament can be reached via the contact details provided on their website, via below link

Contact details for the website's responsible publisher can be found at the bottom of the webpage. Journalists and human rights organizations are always warmly welcomed to contact me in either English or Swedish. It is crucial to bring international attention to the ongoing real-time torture in Sweden to ensure these heinous crimes are halted immediately.

Swedish Parliament's Committee on the Constitution to Probe Systematic Torture and Enforced Disappearance Allegations: Following the Justice Minister's Ju2022/02354 decision, a police report was filed. On July 27, 2023, for case AMR-3851-23, the Prosecutor General directed the Swedish Parliament's Committee on the Constitution to investigate allegations of torture and enforced disappearance against Justice Minister Gunnar Strömmer, under parliament case 2581-2022/23. This decision implies that only Swedish politicians at the government and parliamentary levels will handle the processing of murder victims and torture victims in criminal investigations, a procedure prohibited by the Swedish constitution. In Sweden, victims of torture, particularly entrepreneurs, find themselves ensnared in a web of criminal activities, with disturbing indications of the state's judicial system's complicity or negligence. Here's a detailed overview:

1. Collusion with Organized Crime: The judicial system of the state exhibits alarming signs of cooperation with prominent organized crime syndicates. Entrepreneurs, notably, bear the brunt of this unholy alliance, consistently facing systematic extortion. This intimidation often comes with the added threat of armed assault or robbery. In this specific instance, illicit gains and money laundering activities amount to over 25 million US dollars. Such substantial criminal proceeds risk funding terrorist operations, flagrantly violating international anti-money laundering statutes.

2. Prosecutorial Misdirection: Rather than addressing and prosecuting the evident acts of extortion, the state's machinery turns its focus on the victims, with entrepreneurs frequently being charged with accounting malpractices.

3. Threats During Legal Proceedings: Extortionists openly and continually threaten victims during the legal proceedings. These threats, often backed by automatic weapons, have been documented in official court records.

4. Violence in the Courtroom: The threats faced by victims are not just of a psychological nature. Direct physical attacks, especially knife assaults, have transpired during legal proceedings, placing victims in immediate danger. When the state was sued in case number T3106-18 in Borås District Court, written evidence was presented showing that state actors from the police authority and the prosecutor's office were directly involved in these legal abuses. Despite this compelling evidence, the Chancellor of Justice denied responsibility for the harm in the court.

5. Need for Private Security: Given the escalating threats, entrepreneurs have been compelled to hire bodyguards for personal protection. Tragically, these bodyguards are not only subjected to grave danger, suffering lifelong injuries from severe assaults, but in two cases, they have faced fatal consequences. Despite reports being filed regarding the murder of these bodyguards, investigative authorities have consistently refused to take action.

6. Police och Prosecutor Inaction: As the primary safeguard against such threats, the police and prosecutor have intentionally shown a deeply concerning reluctance or inability to investigate and counter this extensive criminal activity. These circumstances were substantiated with written evidence in case number T3106-18 at the Borås District Court. There, police and prosecutors seem to collaborate with gang criminals by manipulating criminal investigations, leading to legal abuses against victims in the judicial processes.

7. State Denial of Responsibility: When victims seek legal redress against the state for the blatant violation of their rights, the state, typically through the Chancellor of Justice, denies responsibility.

8. Extended Legal Battles: Victims and their families aren't only grappling with current threats. They've been embroiled in these harrowing legal battles for almost a decade, with the danger never far away.

9. Assaults Outside the Courtroom: The violence isn't restricted to courtrooms or public spaces. In one chilling instance, a torture victim's family faced a knife assault within the confines of their home.

10. Enforced Disappearance and Kidnapping of Family Members: The depth of the state's threats is profoundly alarming, often materializing as extortion maneuvers carefully coordinated with major governmental actions, especially in the lead-up to the government's resolution on December 1, 2022. In a grim twist, social services, reportedly with involvement from security police, have exploited this hostile climate by kidnapping family members on November 15, 2022. Specifically, children of individuals who have been victims of torture have been targeted in what appears to be a retaliatory measure stemming from torture victims filing reports with social services over concerns of their children being at risk of torture. It's unbearably painful to realize that young children, already victims of harassment and threats, have faced violence and intimidation within the very walls meant to protect them during their formative years. This forced disappearance means that children in these impacted families are robbed of the justice and therapeutic care they direly need to address the trauma and wounds inflicted by torture.

11. Threats to Legal Representatives: The intimidation doesn't stop with the primary victims. The state's antagonistic approach also encompasses the legal representatives of the victims. Several attorneys have withdrawn from proceedings, citing concerns over their personal safety. Given that the Swedish government seems to harbor a political agenda where threatening lawyers with weapons is tolerated, it becomes imperative to seek human rights lawyers beyond Sweden's borders.

In conclusion, this disturbing scenario paints a grim portrait of the rule of law in Sweden, with victims of torture being subjected to a relentless onslaught of threats, legal challenges, and physical violence. The state apparatus, which should ideally be a bulwark against such abuses, appears to be either complicit or negligently indifferent.

Direct Involvement of State Agents: The abduction was reportedly carried out by social services, which are state entities. Their involvement raises immediate concerns about the depth of government involvement or consent in this enforced disappearance.

Connection to High-Level Officials: Justice Minister Gunnar Strömmer, responsible for the government's decision on December 1, 2022, in case Ju2022/02354, and the subsequent reconsideration of this decision in case Ju2023/01791 on November 16, 2023. This decision process oversees the security police, which had interactions with the social services investigation concerning the enforced disappearance of Human Rights Fighters' family members as retaliation. This link between high-ranking government officials and the entities directly associated with the disappearance intensifies concerns about potential government complicity. Justice Minister Gunnar Strömmer's decision implies that torture crimes directed against the family won't be investigated by prosecutors, despite the Chancellor of Justice's involvement and authority in such torture offenses.

Strategic Timing: The close timing of the disappearance to a significant governmental decision on December 1, 2022, cannot be overlooked. It suggests a possible strategic move related to this decision, further implicating state involvement.

Retaliatory Motive: On July 1, 2022, the father relayed his anxieties to social services regarding the potential torture risks posed to his children. The children's ensuing disappearance is increasingly seen as a direct and intense backlash to his actions, further amplifying speculations of state involvement or acquiescence. This tension is heightened by an incident in which the family was strong-armed into surrendering a vehicle under violent threats in their home, an event that was duly reported to the police on August 31, 2022. Adding to the complexity, the Swedish Security Service is implicated through their establishment of two reports of concern in the social services' investigation documents, where the father is pinpointed as the issue. The approach of social services throughout their investigation raises eyebrows. 
The caseworker found it peculiar that the father did not seek out the extortionist. It's distressing that social services expect the father to approach a reported extortionist in an investigation related to a child welfare concern, as this would not be in the best interest of the children. What's even more baffling is the absence of any official report of concern by social services, despite the children being direct witnesses to violent extortion threats in their home, an incident that stands as a violation of child protection laws in Sweden. Their later disappearance appears to be a direct and severe retaliation for his actions, further suggesting possible state involvement or complicity.

Lack of Transparency and Accountability: The refusal to disclose information about the mother and children's whereabouts or condition, combined with the denial or obfuscation of the disappearance, indicates state complicity or at least an unwillingness to pursue justice.

Systemic Threats: The broader climate of fear, combined with the specific threats and extortion tactics tied to governmental actions, suggests that this enforced disappearance is part of a larger pattern of state-sponsored or state-tolerated human rights violations.

Inadequate Police Response: The police's reported lack of action or hesitancy, especially given the severity of the crime, either indicates systemic inefficiency, lack of interest, or deliberate neglect, implicating the state's role further.

The provided evidence paints a concerning picture of state involvement or consent in the disappearance of the mother and children. The direct links between high-level officials like Justice Minister Gunnar Strömmer and the entities involved in the disappearance warrant further scrutiny. Given the gravity of such accusations, an independent and comprehensive investigation, possibly with international oversight, would be necessary to ascertain the depth of government complicity and ensure accountability and justice.

The eradication of witnesses, particularly those who have undergone torture or have first-hand accounts of state-inflicted injustices, can be a strategic move for governments seeking to suppress evidence of their wrongdoing. Below are arguments to support the proposition that a government might have a vested interest in causing the enforced disappearance of such witnesses:

Erosion of Credible Evidence: Witnesses to torture, especially victims, are the most potent sources of credible evidence. Their firsthand accounts and physical scars can be compelling proof. Silencing them helps a government under scrutiny avoid the spotlight, thereby weakening the evidence against them.

Preventing International Sanctions: Countries that are signatories to international human rights treaties could face severe sanctions if found guilty of gross human rights violations. Getting rid of evidence and witnesses can be seen as a way to escape these repercussions.

Maintaining a Favorable Public Image: Reputation is everything. If tales of torture and abuse emerge, the public image of the ruling government can be seriously tainted, both nationally and internationally. By silencing witnesses, the government can control the narrative and maintain an image of stability and righteousness.

Deterrence for Other Potential Whistle blowers: The enforced disappearance of a few can send a clear message to many. It serves as a chilling deterrent for other potential whistle blowers or victims from coming forward with their stories.

Strengthening Autocratic Rule: Authoritarian governments thrive on fear. By making examples out of a few, they can instill fear in the masses, ensuring a subdued and compliant population, less likely to challenge the status quo.

Shielding Perpetrators: Removing witnesses ensures that those responsible for the torture, whether they are low-ranking officers or high-ranking officials, are shielded from investigations and potential prosecution.

The Nexus with the Enforced Disappearance of the Family:
Given the family's experience, their enforced disappearance can be perceived as more than a tragic coincidence. If they had been exposed to or bore witness to acts of torture, their sudden and inexplicable vanishing could be seen in the context of the government's broader strategy to eliminate damning evidence.

Enforced disappearances, especially of witnesses or victims of torture, strike at the heart of justice, transparency, and accountability. The incidents described make a compelling case for an international criminal investigation into human rights abuses, suggesting the potential complicity of key government figures and agencies. The obstruction of inquiries into reported torture offenses by a government minister represents a grievous violation of both human rights and the overriding principles of international law, known as jus cogens norms. This act, in essence, normalizes the use of torture within Sweden. The emphasis on international standards and the invocation of "jus cogens" amplify the severity of the government's alleged actions and the paramount importance of upholding human rights. Given the magnitude of these accusations, it is paramount to emphasize the need for concrete evidence and a rigorous, unbiased investigation. Claims of a government's comprehensive involvement in such breaches demand solid proof to ensure their credibility and validity.

On December 1, 2022, the Swedish government made a decision in case Ju2022/02354. If there's a torture complaint related to the Chancellor of Justice, the government won't take any action. According to Swedish constitutional law, the government should not handle individual cases. This decision not only stops prosecutors from investigating the reported torture crime but also goes against the international principle of "ergo omnes," which dictates an obligation to investigate torture. Not taking action on a reported torture crime is a severe violation and can amount to complicity in torture. Swedish Parliament's Committee on the Constitution to Probe Systematic Torture and Enforced Disappearance Allegations: Following the Justice Minister's Ju2022/02354 decision, a police report was filed. On July 27, 2023, for case AMR-3851-23, the Prosecutor General directed the Swedish Parliament's Committee on the Constitution to investigate allegations of torture and enforced disappearance against Justice Minister Gunnar Strömmer, under parliament case 2581-2022/23. This decision implies that only Swedish politicians at the government and parliamentary levels will handle the processing of murder victims and torture victims in criminal investigations, a procedure prohibited by the Swedish constitution. In Sweden, victims of torture, particularly entrepreneurs, find themselves ensnared in a web of criminal activities, with disturbing indications of the state's judicial system's complicity or negligence.

In a torture complaint, the Prosecutor General determined in case AMR-7502-21 that no action was needed. The Prosecutor General clarified that misconduct allegations against the Chancellor of Justice fall under the government's purview. As such, the government can choose whether to start an investigation into such allegations. The Prosecutor General clarified if someone believes that the Chancellor of Justice may have engaged in misconduct, they should report it to the government. Following this, a torture complaint was submitted to the government, leading to their decision on December 1, 2022, in case Ju2022/02354.

The Chancellor of Justice is an agency under the government that oversees public authorities and their officials. The Chancellor of Justice represents the state's interests in lawsuits where the state is sued and provides the government with advice and investigations on legal matters.

Evidence from court records presented in case no. T3106-18 at Borås District Court indicates that the Chancellor of Justice represented the state in a damage compensation case, contesting the state's liability. Despite this, government officials were implicated in extortion and legal misconduct by threatening in written court records to shoot Mr. Rivinoja and his family with a Kalashnikov. A state official testified in the trial acknowledging that threats were made by gang criminals who were armed during meetings with government representatives. These threats were then communicated by the state to Mr. Rivinoja's attorney. During the legal proceedings, despite the presence of a bodyguard, the Rivinoja family was subject to a knife attack in their home. The situation was so threatening that the attorney representing the case withdrew due to fear of retaliation, even after 573,325 SEK had been paid to the law firm. The Chancellor of Justice's complicity in the torture crime arises when the state threatens to shoot Mr. Rivinoja's family with automatic weapons during the trial, and the Chancellor's officials are involved in such legal proceedings.

The Chancellor of Justice is an independent prosecutorial authority in Sweden, responsible for ensuring that public agencies and their staff follow the law. If allegations or evidence of torture or other serious offenses involving Swedish authorities arise, it's the Chancellor of Justice's duty to investigate them. Prosecutors are obligated to press charges when criminal offenses are present. The Chancellor of Justice must prosecute public officials who may have acted unlawfully or improperly. In the case of Human Right defender Mr. Rivinoja, who was threatened by state actors with automatic weapons as documented in court proceedings, the Chancellor of Justice appears complicit in a premeditated act of torture due to willful negligence, as prosecutors failed to fulfill their duty to prosecute. This led to Human Right defender Mr. Rivinoja's complaint of torture being submitted to prosecutorial authority. In relation to this, the government, via Justice Minister Gunnar Strömmer, made a decision in case Ju2022/02354 on December 1, 2022, and reconsidered this decision in case Ju2023/01791 on November 16, 2023, wherein prosecutors were prohibited from initiating a criminal investigation.

Due to the sequence of events resulting from the Justice Minister's decision in case Ju2022/02354, a formal police report has been filed. In criminal investigation case no. 0150-K2541-23 on July 27, 2023, the Prosecutor General determined that allegations against Justice Minister Gunnar Strömmer, concerning involvement in torture and enforced disappearance, should be investigated by the Swedish Parliament's Committee on the Constitution. This decision implies that only Swedish politicians at the government and parliamentary levels will handle the processing of murder victims and torture victims in criminal investigations, a procedure prohibited by the Swedish constitution. Failure to act upon a legitimate report of torture carries criminal liability for negligence, which is considered complicity in the ongoing act of torture due to inaction. Additionally, protecting the perpetrator is also implicated. In a reported case of torture, an erga omnes obligation applies, meaning the state bears the reverse burden of proof and must demonstrate that the victim was not subjected to torture.

The judgment explicitly documents instances of state-sanctioned threats with automatic weapons during the trial process, wherein the presiding judge disregarded presented evidence in the case.
The judgment in case number T3106-18 at Borås District Court is subject to political influence, compromising the court's independence.

Breach of the rule of law and involvement in actions tantamount to torture during judicial proceedings are egregious violations that may contravene several foundational principles and directives at the EU level.
Presented herein are arguments anchored on EU transgressions related to these infractions:

1. Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union: The Charter upholds the inviolable right to human dignity, encompassing the prohibition against torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (Article 4). Acts of torture within a judicial context infringe this sacrosanct right.

2. European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR): The European Court of Human Rights, the supervisory body over the ECHR's application, mandates in Article 3 the unambiguous prohibition against torture. Member states are unequivocally bound by the Court's rulings and must actively prevent and rigorously investigate allegations of torture.

3. Judicial Independence and Impartiality: Both the Charter (Article 47) and the ECHR (Article 6) consecrate the right to a fair trial, which presupposes an independent and impartial judiciary.
Courts complicit in or neglectful of torture inherently compromise their integrity and independence.

4. Transparency and Accountability: The rule of law, as underscored by the European Commission, necessitates unequivocal transparency in the actions of public bodies and commensurate accountability. Shielding or tacitly endorsing acts of torture during legal proceedings infringes upon these standards.

5. Copenhagen Criteria: EU accession prerequisites demand countries to have resilient institutions that vouchsafe the rule of law, among other tenets. Torturous practices within a judicial context, coupled with the absence of corrective measures, are antithetical to these criteria, regardless of the duration of EU membership.

6. Infringement Procedures: Transgressions against EU statutes by a member state empower the European Commission to invoke an infringement procedure. Torture and violations of the rule of law can predicate such actions.

7. Economic Repercussions: Persistent and severe flouting of the rule of law could precipitate the invocation of Article 7 of the Treaty on European Union. In dire circumstances, this could culminate in the suspension of a member state's voting privileges within the Council. Moreover, such infractions could erode the confidence vested by other EU members and potential investors, thereby straining economic relations.

8. Judicial Context of Torture: Torture's manifestation spans physical duress to psychological torment, inclusive of threats of harm or fatality. Actions or intimidation designed to coerce confessions, extract information, or simply to menace or chastise epitomize torture. Employing evidence acquired under duress severely undermines justice, as does the act of torture per se.

It is imperative to emphasize that these arguments mandate robust evidentiary substantiation to authenticate any actual infringements or torturous acts within a specific judicial framework. Nevertheless, from a strictly jurisprudential vantage, these encapsulate the pertinent EU-centric tenets and instruments.


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