COMMITTEE AGAINST TORTURE
H.A.D. v. Switzerland
Communication No 126/1999
10 May 2000
CAT/C/24/D/126/1999
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Submitted by: H.A.D. [name deleted] [represented by counsel]
Alleged victim: The author
State party: Switzerland
Date of communication: 21 January 1999
The Committee against Torture, established under article 17 of the Convention against Torture and
Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment,
Meeting on 10 May 2000,
Having concluded its consideration of communication No. 126/1999, submitted to the Committee
against Torture under article 22 of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or
Degrading Treatment or Punishment,
Having taken into account all information made available to it by the author of the communication
and the State party,
Adopts the following decision:
1.1 The author of the communication is Mr. H.A.D., a Turkish citizen of Kurdish origin born in 1962
and currently residing in Switzerland, where he applied for asylum on 11 March 1991. His
application, however, was turned down and he claims that his forcible repatriation to Turkey would
constitute a violation by Switzerland of article 3 of the Convention against Torture. He is
represented by counsel.
1.2 In accordance with article 22, paragraph 3, of the Convention, the Committee brought the
communication to the attention of the State party on 8 February 1999. At the same time, the State

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