Selling bread to rebels case

Concerning S.Z. (represented by counsel, Jytte Lindgard) vs Denmark for violation of articles 7 and 9 of CCPR.

The author is an ethnic Chechen. Her oldest son who was officially considered a rebel, fled to Denmark and was granted asylum. Since his departure, the authorities visited the author several times to inquire about her oldest son’s whereabouts. The author was even detained and tortured for a week because she was accused of supplying bread to the rebels. Thus the author fled to Denmark and applied for asylum.
The Danish authorities rejected the author’s application for asylum as they found it unlikely that she would have been tortured as a result of selling bread. Thus a complaint was sent to CCPR. Among other observations, the Committee notes that the author has not been politically active herself but appears to be a very low-profile individual. Thus the committee is of the view that the author’s removal to the Russian Federation would not violate her rights.

24. March 2020

CCPR 2443/2014
  • Decision: 30. August 2016
  • Comm: Human Rights