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Last Updated: 08/01/2011Thoughts on Violence in Oslo
Head of UPEACE's Department of International Law and Human Rights, and national of Sweden, Christer Persson reflects on the recent violence in Oslo, Norway, offering his thoughts on politically motivated violence in open and transparent societies and sharing his condolences with the people of Norway.
Scandinavia, and in particular Norway, has lived a weekend of sorrow, sadness and drama of an extraordinary character. Our societies, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland, are very much alike; they are open, transparent, and on the whole they have been excused from political violence since, in the case of Norway, May 17, 1945. Exceptions to this rule are the assassinations of the Swedish PM on February 28, 1986 and Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lind 10 years ago. In Norway, however, political violence is, until last Friday, unheard of since 1945. Sweden, Stockholm experienced a religiously motivated suicide bombing and a car bomb last December!
Christer Persson (Sweden) is Head of the Department of International Law and Human Rights at the University for Peace.