Terrorist Anders Behring Breivik Loses Human Rights Battle

Strasbourg judges have rejected a complaint brought by Anders Behring Breivik, who murdered 77 people and bombed Oslo in 2011.

The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a complaint by Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik against the conditions of his detention in Norway.

Kept in isolation

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 people and wounding 42 others 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.

No detention violations

Ultimately, the High Court of Norway 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 ill-founded.