Nordic Journal of International Law 70: 257–261, 2001. © 2001 Kluwer Law International. Printed in the Netherlands. 257 Committee against Torture, Communication No. 149/1999: A.S. v. Sweden JONAS NILSSON Refugee Coordinator, Swedish Section Amnesty International Introduction Sweden has been before the Committee against Torture on 18 occasions after complaints, submitted by individuals, that Sweden has allegedly violated the Convention against Torture. 1 On no less than eight of these occasions the Committee has considered that Sweden has violated the Convention. The first violation came in 1996 and since then the domestic debate about Sweden and the Committee has gone on with varied intensity. The latest decision concerned a woman from Iran who sought asylum in Sweden on the grounds that she had committed adultery in her country of origin and therefore risked the death penalty. The Committee’s reasoning in this decision is in some ways similar to many of the other seven cases. Summary of Facts A.S. is an Iranian citizen and she had never been politically active in Iran. Ten years after her husband died in what was claimed to be a plane accident he was declared a martyr. As a consequence, A.S’s family, her two sons
Nordic Journal of International Law – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2001
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