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Mass Murderer Wins Human Rights Case

dateline: 21 April 2016

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • activist: a person who strongly supports a cause or political party
  • inhuman: cruel, not suited for humans (similar but stronger than “inhumane”)
  • solitary confinement: a strict form of prison punishment that requires a prisoner to remain alone in a cell for most of the day
  • degrading: very disrespectful
  • ease up: to gradually become less severe

Mass Murderer Wins Human Rights Case

A Norwegian mass murderer gave a Nazi salute to the court before winning a human rights case this week. Anders Breivik, who killed 69 young political activists at a summer camp in 2011, convinced the court that his experience in solitary confinement as “inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment”. The judge who ruled Breivik stated that killers and terrorists have the right not to receive inhuman . For much of his prison life, Breivik has spent 22 to 23 hours in solitary confinement with no contact with other inmates and limited contact with . According to the ruling, prison must now find ways to involve Breivik in the prison community and improve his living conditions.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What crime did Anders Breivik commit and when?
  2. What complaint does Breivik have about his prison treatment?
  3. Who did the judge rule in favour of and why?

Discussion Questions: Do you agree with the judge that even murderers and terrorists deserve to be treated humanely? In your opinion, is solitary confinement inhumane punishment?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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