Preaching Christianity to Muslims

Concerning R.G. and her adult son, I.G. (represented by counsel, Helge Nørrung) vs Denmark for violation of articles 6, 7 and 18 of CCPR.

The authors were subjected to harassment in Pakistan because of their Christian background. I.G. was accused of preaching Christianity to Muslims and beaten by older Muslim schoolmates. Further, the whole family was attacked and threatened and the same night, the author’s’ house was set on fire. Thus the family fled to Denmark and applied for asylum.

The Refugee Board rejected the author’s application for asylum as they found that the the authors and their family had not been members of any political or religious associations or organizations. They had also not had any conflicts with the Pakistani authorities. Thus a complaint was sent to CCPR.

The Committee observes that the authors disagree with the factual conclusions of the State party’s authorities, but the information before the Committee does not show that those findings are manifestly unreasonable. Consequently, the Committee considers that the authors have not sufficiently substantiated their claims that the State party’s authorities failed to duly assess the risk they would face should they return to Pakistan. Thus the committee declares this communication to be inadmissible.

24. March 2020

CCPR 2351/2014
  • Decision: 23. December 2015
  • Comm: Human Rights