“Norway: Killer’s rights were violated” read the Associated Press headline.
Incredibly, a court in Oslo has ruled that Norwegian authorities have violated the human rights of mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik. How, you ask? By holding him in solitary confinement in a three-cell complex where he can play video games, watch TV and exercise. Except for the exercise thing, that’s how a large percentage of violent criminals…become violent criminals. (Yet it is clearly a life many of us working 60+ hours a week and dealing with immense stress and illogic would like to have).
The Oslo district court ruled that the fact that Breivik killed 77 people in a cold-blooded massacre in 2011 is no reason for him to have to face ‘isolation.’ In fact, they determined that his solitary confinement was in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights. “The prohibition of inhuman and degrading treatment represents a fundamental value in a democratic society,” the court said. “This applies no matter what.”
Yes, we certainly wouldn’t want to let the fact that he killed 77 innocent human beings prevent him from having a robust and rewarding social life! What kind of monsters would we be? Breivik, 37, had sued the government, claiming that his isolation from other prisoners, occasional strip searches and the fact that he was often handcuffed early on in his incarceration violated his human rights.
He has also complained about the quality of the prison food, having to eat with plastic utensils and not being able to communicate with sympathizers. I’m not enamored of all the food I ingest, am often relegated to eating with plastic utensils and- even here- don’t appear to be properly able to communicate with sympathizers, yet I haven’t sued anyone- or murdered anyone.
The court noted that Breivik had behaved in a “peaceful, courteous and accommodating” manner, despite a 2013 letter in which he wrote of how to “neutralize” prison guards and how to make 10-15 deadly weapons from materials in his cells.
Breivik was convicted of mass murder and terrorism in 2012 and was sentenced to 21 years in prison, as that is Norway’s maximum sentence.
That means Breivik will have to serve roughly 98 days for each person he slaughtered. In the mean time, he can binge-watch his television shows and play an unending game of Grand Theft Auto. There’s a deterrent!
I myself am one-quarter Norwegian…and 100% embarrassed. When you take it upon yourself to extinguish the human rights (the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness) of 77 other innocent souls, you have forfeited your human rights…as you have shown yourself to be inhuman.