Breivik/Hansen takes his case to Strasbourg

Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik, who now uses the name Fjotolf Hansen, has appealed the terms of his confinement to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. The young ultra-right wing terrorist who killed 77 people on July 22, 2011, 69 of whom were young summer campers shot at close range on the island of Utøya, […]

July 22 memorial moved to Utøykaia

The Norwegian government finally cut through several years of awkward and even ugly conflict on Wednesday, announcing that a new state-funded memorial to the victims of the July 22, 2011 massacre on the island of Utøya will now be built at the ferry pier serving the island, called Utøykaia. A memorial design that had won an international competition […]

Utøya memorial still causing problems

Attempts by the Norwegian government to build a memorial to the victims of a massacre on the island of Utøya in 2011 remain stymied, with local residents still threatening to sue if a memorial is built in their neighbourhood. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Tuesday that state property agency Statsbygg will recommend construction of a memorial at Utøykaia, […]

Supreme Court rejects Breivik’s appeal

Norway’s Supreme Court (Høyesterett) has rejected mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik’s appeal that his prison conditions have been too strict and undignified. Now his attorney says he’ll make a last-ditch appeal to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Breivik was convicted in 2012 and sentenced to 21 years of special custody that can be […]

‘Norway is not prepared for terror’

Retired Norwegian general Robert Mood is openly defying recent claims by Justice Minister Per-Willy Amundsen that Norway “has never been better prepared” for a terrorist attack. Norway still suffers “major weaknesses” in its civilian security and preparedness, claims Mood, who thinks they’re linked to either system failure or “a serious failure to take responsibility” at the […]

New plans unveiled for the capital’s hub

SEE THE ILLUSTRATIONS: Norway’s complex of government ministries in downtown Oslo, known as Regjeringskvartalet, was heavily damaged and partially destroyed by a right-wing terrorist’s bomb in 2011. Plans have been underway ever since to recreate the capital’s hub for state government, with the latest proposals now going on public display. A jury will choose two of the following seven projects put […]

Anti-terror efforts still falling short

Norway’s preparedness for a terrorist attack remains in question, just a week after the threat level was raised from “possible” to “probable.” Conflicts continue between the military and police, also over use of boats and helicopters, while critics note that the police’s own emergency response boats are outdated and have been taken out of service. Justice Minister […]

Secrecy hinders defense of security

NEWS ANALYSIS: The Norwegian government’s insistence on withholding a highly critical State Auditor General’s report on the status of national security has made it difficult if not impossible for police and defense officials to defend themselves from allegations of incompetence. Defense ministry officials claim they can’t comment on the contents of the report, because it’s classified as confidential. Some may argue that […]

‘Security so poor’ it ‘had to be hidden’

UPDATED: Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) has gained access to a State Auditor General’s report on national security that was intended to be made public, but which the Norwegian government has withheld on the grounds it would further endanger it. The report shows that efforts to improve Norway’s national security following terrorist attacks in 2011 have […]

Secrecy surrounds a lack of security

Prime Minister Erna Solberg and both her defense and justice ministers have had to admit this week, at public hearings called by the Parliament’s disciplinary committee, to serious shortcomings in national preparedness and security. Solberg’s government is still insisting, however, on keeping a state auditor’s highly critical report on the situation secret, and that’s setting off even more criticism […]