AROD Human Rights Campaign

As announced, AROD had a sale of cannabis outside the main police station in Oslo on 11 september, 2021, and Life Liberty Books follows the quest for justice with a blog. Here you will find case correspondence and audiofiles from the District Court.

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The case is moving forward in the Norwegian system of justice, and this document to the court frames the human rights argument as well as the legal proceedings.

Several ministers are summoned to testify, and AROD is looking forward to an orderly process where constitutional considerations are put first.

The police attorney does not wish to allow evidence that would support allegations of human rights violations in AROD's civil disobedience case to be presented in court. Nevertheless, It is the court's task to present an effective remedy, and this document elaborates on the importance of the evidence.

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NEW DEVELOPMENT

The Norwegian court has decided that the Minister of Justice, the Minister of Health, and other key witnesses in charge of drug policy shall not be compelled to testify before the court.

Nevertheless, it is the responsibility of the state to justify punishment, and key questions remain to be answered.

AROD will continue to hold authority to account, and here are our questions:

QUESTIONS TO KEY WITNESSES

Audio files from the District Court

On June 1, the AROD's civil disobedience outside the Main police station went to court. The Judge was informed in advance of the need for en effective remedy, but the case got a Magistrate who concealed human rights violations. Both the prosecutor and the judge were sufficiently informed to know better, but the merits of the law were not explored. Instead, public panic and punishment on dubious premises were continued by the District Court, and here are the audio files.

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Reading of the Indictment

The prosecutor does not want the Court to provide an effective remedy. The defense explains that it is the duty of the court to look at the relationship between drug prohibition and the Norwegian constitution.

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The Defendant Speaks

The defendant explains the principles of human rights and their relevance to drug policy. The Judge interrupts several times  to steer the proceedings away from constitutional territory. As she said: “We must separate between jurisprudence and assessing incompatibility with the constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights.”

The defense attorney explains about the rule of law, the right to an effective remedy, and the duty of the Magistrate to end the regime of arbitrary detention.

The defendant holds the Judge and the prosecutor to account for failing the rule of law and covering up State crimes.

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The Prosecution's sentencing case

The Police attorney does not care about the firmament of law. The prosecution asks for 15 days suspended sentence and a fine of 5000 Norwegian kroner.

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The Defense’s sentencing case

The Defense attorney presents the constitutional argument for abolishing Sections 231 and 232 of the Norwegian Penal Code.

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The Defendant's last words

The defendant speaks to the hypocrisy of the Norwegian Justice system. When the Norwegian Ship Owners’ economic interests were in danger, the court would control the political process and secure rights. Nevertheless, when drug users ask the court to look at the rights of offenders to be free from arbitrary persecution and detention, the court refuses to investigate.

Other case documents

(Click Orange for English) 

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