CAT/C/23/D/96/1997
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Annex
VIEWS OF THE COMMITTEE AGAINST TORTURE UNDER ARTICLE 22,
PARAGRAPH 7, OF THE CONVENTION AGAINST TORTURE AND OTHER
CRUEL, INHUMAN OR DEGRADING TREATMENT OR PUNISHMENT
- TWENTY-THIRD SESSION concerning
Communication No. 96/1997

Submitted by:

A. D. (Name withheld)
[represented by counsel]

Alleged victim:

The author

State party:

Netherlands

Date of communication:

7 November 1997

The Committee against Torture, established under Article 17 of the Convention against
Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment,
Meeting on 12 November 1999,
Having concluded its consideration of communication No. 96/1997, 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, his counsel and the State party,
Adopts its Views under article 22, paragraph 7, of the Convention.
1.1
The author of the communication is A. D., a Sri Lankan national of Sinhalese origin at
present residing in the Netherlands where he has asked for asylum. His asylum request has been
rejected and he is at risk of deportation. He claims that his return to Sri Lanka would violate the
Netherlands' obligations under article 3 of the Convention. He is represented by counsel.
1.2
In accordance with article 22, paragraph 3, of the Convention, the Committee transmitted
the communication to the State party on 19 November 1997.

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