Utøya neighbours still fighting memorial

Residents living near the island of Utøya, where a right-wing gunman massacred 69 young Labour Party members on July 22, 2011, have once again resorted to legal action to block construction of a memorial to the victims in their neighbourhood. They don’t want more reminders of the massacre, or a constant stream of visitors to […]

Utøya memorial conflict far from over

A court-bound conflict over construction of a memorial to victims of the massacre on the island of Utøya on July 22, 2011 remains deadlocked, mostly, it seems because of poor communication among all those involved. An attempt at compromise was lost just before the weekend, because those living near a potential memorial site were once again left out of the […]

More trouble for Utøya memorial

The fate of a controverial national memorial to the victims of the 2011 massacre on the Norwegian island of Utøya was thrown into more doubt this week. Not only is the entire project heading for court, local authorities have now blocked further consideration of the state’s applications for building permits. Residents of the area where […]

Neighbours reject Utøya compromise

Residents of the area just across the water from Utøya, the Norwegian island where a lone gunman killed 69 people five years ago, are moving forward with their legal battle to halt a memorial to the massacre being built in their neighbourhood. They intend to face off against the state in court. Not only do […]

Utøya survivors’ lawyer sues to reverse deportation

The Norwegian lawyer for an immigrant family that lost a son in the 2011 massacre on the island of Utøya is suing the state, to reverse the entire family’s effective deportation. The parents initially lied that they came from Somalia instead of Djibouti back in 2003, and the state has since stripped them all of their citizenship. […]

Utøya camp draws record attendance

More than 1,000 young members of the Norwegian Labour Party will be gathering this weekend for their first summer camp back on the island of Utøya, site of a massacre four years ago. The new leader of Labour’s youth group AUF claimed the camp’s record registration proves that campers haven’t been scared away. “The record registration sends a […]

Utøya mothers: ‘We need more time’

A group of mothers presented a letter to Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the memorial service on Utøya on Tuesday, begging the government to take responsibility for the future of the island where 69 people were massacred. The mothers said they felt betrayed by the Labour Party’s youth organization (Arbeidernes Ungdomsfylking, AUF) and the July […]

Violence victims face budget cuts

The Office of Criminal Injuries Compensation (Kontoret for voldsoffererstatning, KFV) feared a proposed NOK 25 million (USD 4 million) cut to its budget would drastically reduce the support it could offer victims of violence. KFV’s funding was increased in response to its large workload following the July 22, 2011 attacks, and the office said the […]

‘Grief is as heavy for many today’

Norwegians were gathering on Tuesday to mark the third anniversary of the July 22, 2011 terror attacks that killed 77 people in and around Oslo. Labour youth party (Arbeidernes Ungdomsfylking, AUF) leader and Utøya survivor Eskil Pedersen said that while those left behind were returning to normal life, the pain was still raw. The day’s official memorial […]

Utøya commemorations underway

The island of Utøya was open for quiet reflection on Monday, ahead of Tuesday’s official July 22 commemorations on Utøya and at the government quarter in Oslo. This year marks the third anniversary of the terror attacks that left 77 people dead across the two sites. It’s the last year Utøya will look as it […]