Relationship in Secrecy

Concerning V.R. and N.R. and their son (represented by Daniel Norrung) vs Denmark for violation of articles 6, 7 and 18 of CCPR.

V.R. and N.R started a relationship without their parent’s knowledge. However, N.R.’s parents arranged for her to marry someone else, A. After the wedding, the authors continued their relationship in secret for six years until A. discovered it. In fear of A., the authors fled to Romania where they were denied asylum and then came to Denmark and applied for asylum. While staying in a refugee camp, they became interested in Christianity and in 2014, they were baptised.

The Danish authorities rejected the author’s application for asylum as the Board could not accept that their conversion was genuine and that they would perform Christian acts of worship in Iran. Thus a complaint was sent to CCPR.

The Committee observes that the authors have not convincingly identified any irregularity in the decision-making process in the framework of their asylum proceedings in the State party or sufficiently substantiated why the decisions of the State party’s authorities were clearly arbitrary or manifestly erroneous, or amounted to a denial of justice. Thus the committee declares the communication to be inadmissible.

12. December 2019

CCPR 2745/2016
  • Decision: 30. August 2016
  • Comm: Human Rights