CAT/C/21/D/101/1997 page 2 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-FIRST SESSION concerning Communication No. 101/1997 Submitted by: Halil Haydin [represented by counsel] Alleged victim: The author State party: Sweden Date of communication: 7 December 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 20 November 1998, Having concluded its consideration of communication No. 101/1997, 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. The author of the communication is Mr. Halil Haydin, a Turkish national currently residing in Sweden, where he is seeking refugee status. He claims that his forced return to Turkey would constitute a violation by Sweden of article 3 of the Convention against Torture. He is represented by counsel. The facts as presented by the author 2.1. The author is a Turkish national of Kurdish ethnic origin from Bagdered, close to Adiyaman, in the south-eastern part of Turkey. He states that his father and brother were active sympathizers of the PKK (Partya Karkeren Kurdistan) and that in 1984 his father was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment by a military court for his political activities. The author himself began to support the organization actively in 1985. He started by giving food and shelter to members of the PKK, but eventually also handed out propaganda leaflets in his and surrounding villages.