Anders Behring Breivik's human rights ruling has 'angered' the survivors of his attacks, says Norwegian broadcaster

Anders Behring Breivik's human rights ruling has angered the survivors, says Norwegian broadcaster

Anders Behring Breivik

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Norwegian broadcaster Tomm Kristiansen insists the survivors of Anders Behring Breivik's attacks are infuriated by the outcome of his human rights abuse trial.

Yesterday, a court ruled officials at Skein prison had violated Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights - which prohibits "inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment" - by keeping Breivik in solitary confinement as he serves his 21-year sentence. 

Breivik, who killed 77 people during a bomb and gun rampage in Oslo and Utøya Island in July 2011, was revealed during the trial to have usage of a 'suite' of three cells with no access to other inmates. The court decided his forced seclusion "posed a threat" to his mental health. 

Kristiansen, who is a senior reporter for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK), said the decision had sparked fury amongst the survivors of his attacks. 

"Those who lived through the Utøya massacre couldn't believe their own ears," he told Julia Hartley-Brewer. "They are angry, they don't understand, and they are very upset.

The NRK journalist asserted the survivors found it "disturbing" Brevik would raise a case over human rights violations.

"Many would say it is tasteless to do this [bring an claim]," he added. "But this man is not like you and me. 

"He has a very special way of looking at the world."