Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Breivik human rights complaint upheld in court

Norway's Tim McVeigh, mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, can't stay out of the news, this time in a court case in which he argued that the conditions of his confinement violated his human rights. And he has won, at least on the charge involving his isolation in confinement.

Norway violated mass killer Anders Behring Breivik's human rights by exposing him to inhuman, degrading treatment or punishment while serving his prison sentence, a Norwegian court ruled on Wednesday.
Breivik took Norwegian authorities to court in March, accusing them of breaching the European Convention on Human Rights by keeping him isolated from other prisoners.
He killed 77 people in twin attacks in 2011 in the worst acts of violence in Norway since World War Two.
The verdict said the Norwegian state had broken Article 3 of the European convention.
"The prohibition of inhuman and degrading treatment represents a fundamental value in a democratic society. This applies no matter what - also in the treatment of terrorists and killers," judge Helen Andenaes Sekulic said in her ruling.
The ruling also said the Norwegian state had not violated Breivik's right to a private and family life.
I imagine that some of the other prisoners might complain that being forced to associate with Breivik is cruel and inhumane.

The government plans to appeal, and I guess that Breivik will as well, about other complaints that were dismissed. 

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