Somalian child case

Concerning Ms. A.O.D. vs. Denmark violation of CEDAW article 2 (d), 12 and 15.

The author is a Somali national, born on 27 February 1991. She feared that if she is returned to Somalia, she would be killed by Al-Shabaab and the family of A.A., with whom she had a child outside marriage. When the father found out, she was pregnant, he threatened to kill her. His father is a member of Al Shabaab, a jihadist terrorist group. She then fled to the capital of Libya, where she was gang raped by 3 men, whose job it is to transport people on boats out of Libya. She arrived in Sicily, where she was immediately brought to the hospital.

She entered Denmark in 2014 and applied for asylum. She stated, that it is shameful for her to return to Somalia, because she was pregnant. She feared getting suppressed. She specified that her clan was a minority, and she would be an outcast. On the 12th of April 2014, the author gave birth to her daughter. She was refused asylum in December 2014, thus, a complaint was sent to the CEDAW. The Committee, having lost contact with the author of communication, decided to discontinue the case.

16. June 2020

CEDAW 84/2015
  • Decision: 27 February 2020
  • Comm: Gender