Police investigate racist vandalism

Police in Oslo are investigating the racist vandalism on Tuesday of a monument to young Benjamin Hermansen, a Norwegian-Ghanaian teenager who was chased down and stabbed to death by neo-Nazis 20 years ago. The vandalism is viewed as a hate crime, and police are taking it seriously on the eve of 10th anniversary memorials to […]

Police re-arm for July 22 memorials

Norway’s usually unarmed police were strapping on gun holsters again this week, in connection with the 10th anniversary of the country’s worst attacks since World War II. The re-arming is meant to provide extra protection around memorial ceremonies for the 77 people killed by a right-wing terrorist on July 22, 2011. Ceremonies will be taking […]

Father and sons indicted on racism charges

A Norwegian man and two of his sons have been indicted on charges of violence and threats against a Somalian-Norwegian family in Elverum. The family ended up moving out of the small city east of Hamar in Innland County, which has become known for other racist incidents as well. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that the […]

Police criticized after mosque shooting

An external investigation of police response to last year’s shooting at a mosque in suburban Bærum has resulted in some sharp criticism. It took police far too long to reach the mosque, and they had cooperated poorly after receiving earlier tips about the assailant, a young Norwegian man known for racist attitudes. Both local police […]

Norway comes to grips with racism

NEWS ANALYSIS: After weeks of demonstrations, news stories, and personal accounts of discrimination, Norwegians are coming to grips with racism in their otherwise egalitarian society. Prime Minister Erna Solberg, criticized for initial silence over police brutality in the US against George Floyd, has been speaking out again, too. “After the police violence that led to […]

Historians puzzled after statue razed

Norwegian officials were surprised and saddened by news that the statue of a Norwegian-American anti-slavery activist is among the latest to be toppled and dumped in a river by demonstrators in the US state of Wisconsin. Hans Christian Heg opposed slavery and fought for the Union Army during the Civil War. “I must say I […]

Racist attacks draw toughest jail term

UPDATED: A court in suburban Oslo handed down Norway’s strictest punishment on Thursday to a young Norwegian man who murdered his Chinese-born adopted sister last summer and then tried to massacre Muslims at a local mosque. He defended himself by claiming that he had to carry out his deadly attacks in order to save the white […]

Hate crimes double against Muslims

A young white supremacist’s attack on a mosque in Bærum last year came amidst an alarming rise in the number of hate crimes against Muslims in recent years. As the mosque assailant’s trial started on Thursday, newspaper Aftenposten wrote how attacks on Muslims in Noway have doubled since 2016, and that only covers attacks reported […]

High court cracks down on hatred

Norway’s Supreme Court has convicted two Norwegians for publishing online expressions of what the court ruled was hatred towards another person. The landmark case sets new legal precedent regarding what kinds of comments can fall under Norwegian law aimed at fending off racism. Newspaper Aftenposten has reported that the ruling also sets new limits over […]

Ex-justice minister’s partner indicted

Norway’s Director of Public Prosecution (Riksadvokaten) has indicted the long-time live-in partner of the Progress Party’s former justice minister, Tor Mikkel Wara, over what it calls an “attack on democracy.” She’s charged with staging a series of threatening events against their own home in Oslo, allegedly to make it look like they were under attack themselves. […]