IARS sends its condolences to the families of the hate crime victims at the youth camp in Norway and the bombing in the capital. At least 85 young people died when a gunman ran amok on Utoeya island on Friday, hours after an Oslo bomb killed seven.
Dr. Theo Gavrielides, IARS Director said: “Today, Norway woke up to the greatest loss of life since World War II. Once again, the single cause for these atrocities is hatred. Hate violence is very much real and must be made a priority for Europe. The attack on Norway’s young people leaves IARS and other European youth-led NGOs with an even greater sense of responsibility to do something about it. Our thoughts go to the friends and families of the victims”.
A document and a video allegedly prepared by the detailed suspect make reference to multiculturalism and Muslim immigration in Norway and Europe; the suspect claims to be a follower of the Knights Templar - a medieval Christian organisation. The youth camp and the bombed area are said to be associated with ideals of the left. In the document posted online, references were made to targeting "cultural Marxists/ multiculturalist traitors".
In these early days while evidence is still being gathered to fully understand what some have called a “new form of extremism”, one thing is certain: the universal values and truth of human rights have once again been violated.
IARS will continue to work with Europe under its Youth in Action Programme and other UK based partners to identify youth-led solutions to “old” and “new” forms of extremism. We call on all our European and UK members and partners to join us.