The Swedish Moderate Party has a new member in Ann Heberlein, a well-known Doctor of Theology and ethics scholar at Lund University. In an article published at Ledarsidorna on 5 November 2016, Heberlein advocates assimilation. I’m worried that her opinion on minorities will turn one of Sweden’s largest parties into a base for hostilities towards Jews and Muslims. I therefore think it’s worth reminding everyone of what the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities says about assimilation (5.2):
Without prejudice to measures taken in pursuance of their general integration policy, the Parties shall refrain from policies or practices aimed at assimilation of persons belonging to national minorities against their will and shall protect these persons from any action aimed at such assimilation.
“Parties” in this case means the states the have signed the convention. Sweden is one of these states.