Revolution in Egypt case

Concerning H.E.A.K. vs. Denmark for violation of articles 1, 2, 7, 9 and 19 of the CCPR.

The author is an Egyptian national, and a well-known member and founder of the organization Ultras Ahlawy club. His asylum request was rejected by the Danish authorities in 2013.

Ultras Ahlawy participated actively in all major occasions during the Egyptian revolution and played an important role at the “Camel Battle Day”, when 18 million people in Egypt demonstrated. He states that the members of the club are increasingly harassed and followed closely by the police of the current military regime; that one of the local club leaders was recently killed by the police. Since the author is a well-known member by the authorities and by most political organizations in the country, he is therefore at high-risk of being arrested, kidnapped, tortured or even killed. The author stresses that, following the Board’s negative decision with regard to his asylum application, the police went to the house of the author’s mother to look for him and returned five more times thereafter, and during one of the visits, the author’s mother was attacked and received a death threat from a police officer and received a written death threat addressed to the author.

The Committee is of the view that the removal of the author to Egypt would violate his rights under article 7 of the Covenant.

19. December 2019

CCPR 2343/2014
  • Decision: 23 July 2015
  • Comm: Human Rights