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Men from treatment home to sue state

Fifteen men who stayed at the treatment home for troubled boys at Breidavík in the Westfjords as children have decided to sue the Icelandic state because the state-employed staff treated them violently, they claim.

Georg Vidar Björnsson, the representative of the group, said it is unacceptable that the Icelandic state, which is in his opinion is the villain in this case, controls its progress. Fréttabladid reports.

Magnús Björn Brynjarsson, attorney of the Supreme Court and Björnsson’s legal counsel, said it is difficult to take this case to court since the violations happened a long time ago.

Brynjarsson suggested the government create a special law to help those who suffered from violence at the state-run treatment homes, as has been done in other Nordic countries in similar cases.

“The lives of many were ruined in that place. It is believed that about ten percent of us have committed suicide and some have died of other causes. We who live should unite in seeking our right,” said Óli Svend Styff, one of the plaintiffs.

Styff encouraged other men who suffered from violence at Breidavík to come forward. “They should not feel ashamed. They were children when these incidents took place. The state should feel ashamed,” he said.

Click here to read more about Breidavík.

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