Conflict with a powerful army general

Concerning I.K. vs. Denmark for violation of articles 6, 7 and 18 of CCPR.

The author is of Hazara ethnicity and an afghan national born in 1996. He got in a conflict with his powerful neighbour, an army general. To avoid further conflict or punishment from the general, he left his home country in October 2011. On his journey, he converted to Christianity. He submits that he converted to Christianity not to obtain asylum, but because he found the Christian religion to be peaceful. The author claimed that he would be exposed to persecution, torture and the risk of death, in violation of articles 6 and 7 of the Covenant, if removed to Afghanistan. He claims to be in need of protection due to his ethnicity as a Hazara, his young age and his interest in Christianity over a period of two years, which he has expressed to other Afghans.
The Committee considers that, while the author disagrees with the factual conclusions of the Board, he has failed to show that they were arbitrary or manifestly erroneous or amounted to a denial of justice, and therefore concludes that no articles will be violated in case of his return to Afghanistan.

6. July 2020

CCPR 2373/2014
  • Decision: 18 March 2019
  • Comm: Human Rights