Here I am, outside the Oslo courthouse on the opening day of Breivik's trial against the state.

In Defence of Human Rights for Terrorists

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On Wednesday a Norwegian court ruled that the stated had abused the human rights of the terrorist Anders Behring Breivik in prison. I have since made numerous appearances, and written a few texts in the support of equality before the law, principles, and human rights, something some people describes as shocking. I will share more about the last few days and my stance later.

Here I am, outside the Oslo courthouse on the opening day of Breivik's trial against the state.
Here I am, outside the Oslo courthouse on the opening day of Breivik’s trial against the state.

For now you can read my english article for Quartz here:
http://qz.com/667444/a-norway-massacre-survivor-has-a-surprising-defense-of-his-attacker/

And if you know Norwegian you can read my text for Aftenposten here:
www.aftenposten.no/meninger/debatt/Jeg-nekter-a-umenneskeliggjore-Behring-Breivik-Da-folger-vi-i-hans-fotspor–Bjorn-Ihler_-Utoya-overlevende-8439528.html 

“For the last few years, I’ve devoted myself to working against violent extremism. I’m currently working on a master’s thesis about how we can dissuade extremists from believing in violence as a tool for obtaining political goals. My research has led me to collaborate closely with reformed violent extremists. They know better than anyone the paths that lead people into, and out of, violent extremism.

These collaborations have taught me that a society’s most important weapon in fighting extremism—and thus terrorism—is to consistently demonstrate its commitment to fair and just treatment of all people. Our treatment of the people who are least powerful in our communities, including prisoners, is the best way we can demonstrate how wrong it is to treat any human as less worthy than others. When we include those who feel marginalized and show them that they belong, refusing to distinguish between “us” and “them,” we combat the anger and isolation that fosters extremism.”

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