Göran Lindblad

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Göran Lindblad
Goran Lindblad vid Nordiska Radets session i Stockholm.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Gothenburg
In office
Vice President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
In office
President of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1950-01-12) 12 January 1950 (age 66)
Nationality Swedish
Political party Moderate Party
Religion Lutheran

Lars Göran Axel Lindblad (born 12 January 1950 Gothenburg) is a Swedish politician and member of the Moderate Party. He served as a member of the Swedish parliament 1997–2010, representing the constituency of Gothenburg. He served as a replacement member of parliament 1993–1997, and again since 2010. Lindblad has chaired the Swedish delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and served as Vice President of PACE as well as chair of the Political Affairs Committee. He was a member of the Parliamentary Assembly 2004–2010.[1][2] In October 2011, he was elected President of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience.[3]

Göran Lindblad has advocated a more humane refugee and migration policy, and is involved in charitable work to improve conditions for refugees.

Lindblad is known internationally for his work to promote democracy and human rights. He served as the Council of Europe rapporteur on crimes of totalitarian communist regimes. As such, he drafted and championed the resolution Need for international condemnation of crimes of totalitarian communist regimes, which led to the Council of Europe resolution 1481.[4] It was the first time communism was condemned by an international body of parliamentarians. Lindblad has stated: "Growing up in Sweden, so close to the Evil Soviet Empire, I have always been against communism".[5]

By profession, Lindblad is a dentist, graduating at Gothenburg University in 1977. He was Vice President of the National Union of Students 1976-77. He is married and has four children.[5]

He is a founding signatory of the Prague Declaration on European Conscience and Communism.[6]