Contrary to a couple of people who were retweeted this morning have been saying, human rights, justice and Norway have all won with the conviction of Anders Behring Breivik today. The perpetrator of both the bombing in Oslo and the massacre of teenagers attending a summer camp on Utoeya island last July has been sentenced to 21 years, after which if he is considered to still be a danger to society, he will not be released.
Norway have the type of justice system any other nation should be striving for. Their focus is on the rehabilitation of offenders, treating them like actual human beings and confronting what it was which made them commit the crimes they were convicted of.
This was just a quick post to say that I’m glad that Breivik has been put in custody for this long, but Norway has not compromised its values.
- Anders Behring Breivik Sentenced to Prison for Killings (nytimes.com)
- Anders Behring Breivik verdict: live – Telegraph.co.uk (telegraph.co.uk)
- Breivik declared sane and sentenced to 21 years (guardian.co.uk)