Suppressing the population in Chechnya case

Concerning Ms. R.G vs Denmark for violation of articles 1, 2 (c) and (d), 3, 12 and 15 of CEDAW.

The applicant’s husband worked for Mr. R.K and she was left alone for long periods without any knowledge about his activities. In April 2012, her husband came home and told her to get ready to leave immediately. She was not informed why and they left with the children just after a few hours. They fled the country, and not until they applied for asylum in Denmark did her husband inform her about his conflict with Mr. R.K, and why they had to flee. Amongst other he explained that he had been involved in persecutions of Mr. R.K’s opponents, and he had knowledge about the methods used in order to suppress the population in Chechnya.

After they applied for asylum, his brother was questioned at home and the applicant feared that the brother informed the authorities about their location in Denmark. Firstly her husband received threats, and he disappeared. She then also received threats after his disappearance, and now she fears that he is kidnapped. This was reported to the Danish police the day right after his disappearance. Danish police have not been able to locate her husband.

The Immigration Service refused the applicant’s application for asylum and the Danish Refugee Board upheld that decision. Thus a complaint was sent to Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.

On the 29th of October 2018, The Committee, having been informed that the author no longer resided in Denmark and was not at risk of deportation, decided to discontinue its consideration of the communication.

24. March 2020

CEDAW 73/2014
  • Decision: 29 October 2018
  • Comm: Gender