Dispute with the Shtjefni family

Concerning E.P. and F.P. (represented by Helge Nørrung) vs Denmark for violation of article 7 of CCPR.

The authors’ family engaged in a land dispute with the Shtjefni family in Albania. This resulted in the author’s family being accused of killing a member of the Shtjefni family and of being threatened. Consequently, F.P. moved with her two children, while E.P. hid in different villages. F.P. experienced verbal threats and inquiries by unknown persons and a probable attempt to kidnap her son. Consequently, the authors decided to leave Albania and flee to Denmark.

the Danish immigration service rejected their application for asylum and ordered them to leave Denmark as they found that the verbal threats and the conflict with the Shtjefni family was “not of an intensity and character that it is comparable with asylum-relevant persecution”. Thus a complaint was sent to CCPR.

The committee notes that the authors have not convincingly identified any irregularity in the decision-making process or any risk factor that the State party’s authorities failed to take properly into account. The Committee therefore finds that the authors have failed to sufficiently substantiate their claim for purposes of admissibility and thus declares this communication inadmissible.


20. July 2021

CCPR 2344/2014
  • Decision: 10. December 2015
  • Comm: Human Rights