Thomas Hammarberg – an angry human rights fighter on the children’s side

Thomas Hammarberg – an angry human rights fighter on the children’s side

Amnesty, Save the Children, the UN, Swedish Radio and the Swedish Riksdag. It is difficult to summarize 81-year-old Thomas Hammarberg’s career when he has been both a diplomat, opinion leader, activist, politician and journalist.

At the same time as he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977 on stage on behalf of Amnesty, he was a reporter at Ekot. Why has he moved so freely between different roles?

It will turn out that Thomas Hammarberg’s tireless work for human rights – especially children’s – has a direct connection to the home he grew up in. It was otherwise a safe place for a child.

“Barbro Westerholm was important to me”

The day before this Sunday interview is recorded, the news comes that the Liberals’ former Member of Parliament Barbro Westerholm has died. She was the oldest Member of Parliament and Thomas Hammarberg the second oldest during the 2018-2022 term.

“She was important to me. We worked together on elder rights issues. Somehow I thought she would live forever.”

In the late 1960s, Thomas Hammarberg was chairman of the FPU, but left in the 1970s and later became a Social Democrat. In the Sunday interview, he explains why. Also hear about his meeting with Vladimir Putin in 2008 and why human rights today have a low status.

Host: Martin Wicklin.

Producer: Hannah Engberg.

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