Holy Christ Ministry case

Concerning Mr. G.M vs Denmark for violation of Articles 6, 7 and 13 of CCPR.

The applicant is a Pakistani citizen and a Christian by faith. The applicant has been Christian all his life like the rest of his family. The applicant met an imam, Mr. A.D., in 2012, when he did missionary work.

Mr. A.D had advised the applicant not to proselytise for Christianity. As the applicant had not stopped proselytizing, Mr. A.D notified the applicant to the police for missionary work. The authorities had charged the applicant in accordance with 295C of the Pakistan Penal Code, which said that one was not allowed to proselytize for Christianity against Muslims. There was a death penalty pursuant to 295C. The applicant had not experienced any problems as a result of its membership of the Holy Christ Ministry since he joined 2 years ago and until he met Mr. A.D. On 23 March 2012 the police was on the applicant’s residence to arrest him, but the applicant was not home. On the same day, the applicant took his family to the city of Rawalpindi. They were attacked on 25 March 2012 by Mr. A.D and 2 other Muslims. They shot at the applicant, but they did not hit him. Thus, the applicant fled to Denmark and applied for asylum. His application got rejected and now his case is pending at the Committee.

18. June 2020

CCPR 2342/2014
Comm: Human Rights