‘Sweden needs to do more to convict rapists’: Amnesty report

This compares to the 78 convictions for 1,504 reported rapes in Norway in 2016 (5 percent), 94 convictions for 890 reported rapes in Denmark (10 percent), and 209 convictions for 1,245 reported rapes in Finland (16 percent).

Katarina Bergehed, one of the report's lead authors, told The Local that Amnesty had decided to release the report because of the new sexual consent law Sweden's parliament voted in last year.

"This was a necessary and really important step but it is far from enough, and if we leave the judicial system unaddressed then the potential of the new law will be wasted," she said.


The report found that Swedish police often waited a long time before carrying out questioning, while DNA analyses could take as long as nine months to deliver, making it hard for prosecutors to push forward cases. This problem had been problem identified years ago, but had yet to be resolved.

"In summary, the picture is that these crimes are not prioritized sufficiently," Bergehed said. "Investigations are often just put on the shelf, and this hampers the ability to press charges."

She said that the police often failed to follow their own policies for rape investigations.

"The authorities worked out the best practice many years ago, with very detailed instructions, but their own monitoring shows that in parts of Sweden it's not used fully or even at all."

In particular, police often waited too long to question identified suspects, meaning investigators could miss out on potentially crucial information.

"Too often they are not heard at the beginning or even heard at all, which is of course a serious flaw," she said.

Katarina Bergehed is Amnesty's lead researcher on women's rights. Photo: Tova Jertfelt/Amnesty International

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