Norway: 2011 youth rally terrorist ‘Anders Behring Breivik’ loses human rights battle

Human rights judges have rejected a complaint against prison conditions in Norway, brought by Anders Behring Breivik, who murdered 77 people and bombed Oslo in 2011.

In its decision in the case, which was brought under the applicant’s new name of Fjotolf Hansen as Hansen v. Norway (application no. 48852/17), the European Court of Human Rights, sitting as a Committee of three judges, declared the application inadmissible. The decision is final.

The applicant was convicted in August 2012 of killing 77 and wounding 42 persons at a political youth rally and by setting off a car bomb in Oslo in July 2011. He was sentenced to 21 years of preventive detention.

He challenged the conditions of his detention, particularly his being kept isolated from other prisoners, before the domestic courts.

Ultimately, the High Court found in an appeal case that there had been no violations of his rights under Article 3 (prevention of torture and inhuman or degrading torture) or Article 8 (right to privacy and family life) of the European Convention on Human Rights.

In its decision today, the Strasbourg Court found that its examination of the case did not reveal any violations of the convention, and rejected the application as inadmissible for being manifestly illfounded.


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