84-year-old Norwegian bishop convicted for immigration activism

On December 19, Gunnar Stålsett, a retired Lutheran bishop of Oslo, was convicted for continuing to employ Lula Tekle, an Eritrean asylum seeker, as a housekeeper after the Norwegian government revoked her legal status in 2011.

The 84-year-old peace advocate told local media that by refusing to dismiss Tekle, he was practicing a form of civil disobedience against “an immoral law” and that he would take full responsibility for his actions.

“I’m willing to take on that burden,” he said. “It’s nothing compared with what undocumented immigrants have gone through for decades in Norway. They live in fear every day.”