CCPR/C/119/D/2240/2013 United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Distr.: General 6 June 2017 Original: English Human Rights Committee Views adopted by the Committee under article 5 (4) of the Optional Protocol, concerning communication No. 2240/2013*, ** Communication submitted by: M.A. (represented by counsel) Alleged victim: The author State party: Denmark Date of communication: 12 April 2013 (initial submission) Document references: Decision taken pursuant to rules 92 and 97 of the Committee’s rules of procedure, transmitted to the State party on 15 April 2013 (not issued in document form) Date of adoption of Views: 17 March 2017 Subject matter: Removal to Afghanistan Procedural issue: Insufficient substantiation of claims Substantive issues: Right to life; torture; cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment Articles of the Covenant: 6, 7 and 14 Articles of the Optional Protocol: 2, 3 and 5 1.1 The author of the communication is M.A., a national of Afghanistan, born in 1970. His asylum application in Denmark was rejected and he risked deportation to Afghanistan. In his initial submission, he claimed that Denmark had violated his rights under article 14 of the Covenant, and that in case of his forcible return to Afghanistan, his rights under articles 6 and 7 would also be violated. The Optional Protocol entered into force for Denmark on 23 March 1976. The author is represented by counsel, Niels-Erik Hansen. 1.2 When submitting the communication, on 12 April 2013, the author requested that, pursuant to rules 92 and 97 of its rules of procedure, the Committee request that the State party refrain from removing him to Afghanistan pending the consideration of his case. On 15 April 2013, the Committee, acting through its Special Rapporteur on new * Adopted by the Committee at its 119th session (6-29 March 2017). ** The following members of the Committee participated in the examination of the communication: Tania María Abdo Rocholl, Yadh Ben Achour, Ilze Brands Kehris, Ahmed Amin Fathalla, Olivier de Frouville, Christof Heyns, Yuji Iwasawa, Duncan Laki Muhumuza, Photini Pazartzis, Mauro Politi, José Manuel Santos Pais, Anja Seibert-Fohr, Yuval Shany and Margo Waterval. GE.17-09072(E) 

Select target paragraph3