Court: Prison Violated Human Rights of Mass Murderer Anders Breivik

Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people, most of them children, in 2011 had his human rights violated in prison, a court in Oslo ruled Wednesday. Prison conditions, including solitary confinement, violated part of the European Convention on Human Rights, the court found. “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. The judge also ruled Norway must pay Breivik $40,000 worth of legal costs. Breivik, a self-proclaimed nationalist who has repeatedly given the Nazi salute in court, set off a car bomb in Oslo five years ago before killing dozens of teenagers at a left-wing political summer camp.