United Nations

International Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights

Distr.: General
11 December 2017
Original: English

Views adopted by the Committee under article 5 (4) of the
Optional Protocol, concerning communication No.
2770/2016*, **
Communication submitted by:

O.A. (represented by counsel, Cecilia Vejby

Alleged victim:

The author

State party:


Date of communication:

27 May 2016 (initial submission)

Document references:

Decision taken pursuant to rule 97 of the
Committee’s rules of procedure transmitted to
the State party on 29 January 2014 (not issued in
document form)

Date of adoption of Views:

7 November 2017

Subject matter:

Deportation to Greece of an unaccompanied

Procedural issue:

Lack of substantiation

Substantive issues:

Torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
or punishment; refoulement; rights of the child

Articles of the Covenant:

7 and 24

Article of the Optional Protocol:


The author of the communication is O.A., a national of the Syrian Arab Republic.
He claims that he was born on 1 June 20001 and that his deportation to Greece by the State
party would constitute a violation of articles 7 and 24 of the Covenant. He is represented by
counsel, Cecilia Vejby Andersen of the Danish Refugee Council.
On 30 May 2016, pursuant to rule 92 of the Committee’s rules of procedure, the
Special Rapporteur on new communications and interim measures, on behalf of the
Committee, requested the State party to refrain from deporting the author to Greece while
his case was under consideration by the Committee. On 1 June 2016, the Refugee Appeals
Board suspended the time limit for the author’s departure from Denmark in accordance
with the Committee’s request.

* Adopted by the Committee at its 121st session (16 October−10 November 2017).
** The following members of the Committee participated in the examination of the communication: Ilze


Brands Kehris, Sarah Cleveland, Olivier de Frouville, Christof Heyns, Yuji Iwasawa, Ivana Jelić,
Bamariam Koita, Marcia V.J. Kran, Mauro Politi, José Manuel Santos Pais, Yuval Shany and Margo
See paras. 2.5 and 4.4.



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