Fleeing from Syrian civil war

Concerning Mr B.M.I. and Ms. N. A.K. and their two children (represented by counsel, Hannah Krog) vs Denmark for violation of articles 7 of CCPR.

B.M.I., N.A.K. and their daughter P. fled from Syria due to the civil war and arrived in Bulgaria. The authors were exposed to “inhuman or degrading treatment contrary to the best interests of the child, as they faced homelessness, destitution, lack of access to health care and lack of personal safety in Bulgaria, where they did not find any durable humanitarian solutions.” Thus they fled to Denmark and applied for asylum.

The Danish authorities denied the authors asylum in Denmark, referring to the possibility that the authors could take up residence in Bulgaria as the first safe country of asylum. Thus a complaint was sent to CCPR. The committee found that the authors had failed to explain why the Danish authority’s decision is manifestly unreasonable or arbitrary.  Thus, the committee decided that the deporting the authors to Bulgaria would not be a violation of CCPR.

22. July 2021

CCPR 2569/2015
  • Decision: 16. December 2016
  • Comm: Human Rights