CAT/C/23/D/127/1999 page 2 Annex DECISION OF THE COMMITTEE AGAINST TORTURE UNDER ARTICLE 22 OF THE CONVENTION AGAINST TORTURE AND OTHER CRUEL, INHUMAN OR DEGRADING TREATMENT OR PUNISHMENT TWENTY-THIRD SESSION concerning Communication No. 127/1999 Submitted by: Z. T. (name withheld) [represented by counsel] Alleged victim: The author State party: Norway Date of communication: 25 January 1998 The Committee against Torture, established under article 17 of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Meeting on 19 November 1999, Adopts the following: Decision on admissibility 1.1 The author of the communication is Mr. Z. T., an Ethiopian national at present residing in Norway, where his request for asylum has been denied and he risks deportation. He claims that he would risk imprisonment and torture upon return to Ethiopia and that his forced return to that country would therefore constitute a violation by Norway of article 3 of the Convention. The author is represented by the Rådgivningsgruppa (The Advisory Group), a non-governmental refugee and human rights organization. 1.2 In accordance with article 22, paragraph 3, of the Convention, the Committee transmitted the communication to the State party on 5 February 1999. Pursuant to rule 108, paragraph 9, of the Committee’s rules of procedure, the State party was requested not to expel the author to Ethiopia pending the consideration of his case by the Committee. The facts as presented by the author 2.1 The author states that he is of Amharic ethnic origin born in Jinka where his father was a judge. During his high school in Addis Ababa, the author participated in several demonstrations against Haile Selaissie and in favour of Col. Mengistu. When Mengistu came to power in

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