CCPR/C/113/D/2515/2014 Decision on admissibility* 1.1 The author of the communication is Mr. X, an Afghan national born on 1 January 1983. He claims that his deportation to Afghanistan by the State party would constitute a violation of his rights under articles 7, 18 and 26 of the Covenant. The author is represented by counsel. 1.2 On 22 December 2015, the Special Rapporteur on new communications and interim measures, acting on behalf of the Committee, decided not to issue a request for interim measures under rule 92 of the Committee’s rules of procedure. He also determined that observations from the State party were not needed to ascertain the admissibility of the present communication. The facts as presented by the author 2.1 The author is ethnic Pashto and originally professed Sunni Muslim faith. He used to live in the town of Shindan, province of Herat, Afghanistan, with his parents, brother and sister. He worked as a photographer. The author claims that he was asked by a powerful rich man, Mr. H.A.K., to record his daughter’s wedding; that shortly after the wedding, the video was stolen by unknown people; and that, when Mr. H.A.K became aware of it, he and other men abducted the author and his sister and kept them in a cellar. He further alleges that Mr. H.A.K. broke his legs, jaw and nose. Two weeks later, he moved to Tehran, where he resided illegally for two years, and then to Greece, where he worked and resided legally for about six years. After receiving threats by telephone from an unknown person, who told him that Mr. H.K.A. would kill his brother, he felt insecure and decided to leave Greece. 2.2 On 17 January 2012, the author arrived in Denmark where, on 24 January, he requested asylum before the Danish Immigration Service. He referred to the experiences that he underwent in Afghanistan and Greece and claimed that, if returned to his country of origin, he would be persecuted by Mr. H.A.K., who was still a powerful local man. He also pointed out that he was illiterate and that he professed Sunni Muslim faith. The author claims that, a few weeks later, he entered in contact with a Christian Iranian man, who introduced him to this new religion. 2.3 On 8 June 2012, the Danish Immigration Service rejected the author’s request for asylum. The author’s appeal was dismissed by the Danish Refugee Board on 3 October 2012. 2.4 The author claims that, in or after the autumn of 2012, he visited for the first time a Christian church that was located near the asylum centre in Ranum, where he met a Presbyterian pastor, Mr. P.V., who later became his teacher of Christianity. Since he felt harassed by other asylum seekers at the centre, who disliked his attendance at the church, he was transferred at pastor P.V.’s request to another asylum centre in Avnstrup. He started to participate in Farsi-speaking Christian groups, at Saint Lukeʼs Church, where he was baptized on 2 June 2013, and then at the Church of the Apostles. 2.5 On 26 July 2013, the author requested that the Danish Refugee Board reopen his case on grounds of his conversion to Christianity. On 13 August 2013, the Board rejected * The following members of the Committee participated in the examination of the present communication: Yadh Ben Achour, Lazhari Bouzid, Sarah Cleveland, Olivier De Frouville, Ahmed Amin Fathalla, Yuji Iwasawa, Ivana Jelić, Duncan Muhumuza Laki, Photini Pazartzis, Mauro Politi, Sir Nigel Rodley, Victor Manuel Rodríguez-Rescia, Fabián Omar Salvioli, Dheerujlall B. Seetulsingh, Anja Seibert-Fohr, Yuval Shany, Konstantine Vardzelashvili and Margo Waterval. 2

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