CEDAW (2015) A.S. v. Denmark, NOo. 80/2015.

  • Category: Case Law
  • Source: Other
  • Subject: Deportation,Discretion,Asylum/Refugee,Discrimination,Documentation status,Homophobia,Law/Legistation,Lesbian,Sexual Orientation,Transit Country,Violence
  • Place: Uganda
  • Year: 2015
  • URL: CEDAW-2015-A.pdf
The author of the communication is A.S., a national of Uganda, born in 1974. She sought asylum in Denmark but her application was rejected. She claims that her deportation to Uganda would violate her rights under articles 1–3 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. The Convention and the Optional Protocol thereto entered into force for Denmark in 1983 and 2000, respectively. The author is represented by counsel, Niels-Erik Hansen. The author submits that, if returned to Uganda, her life would be in danger at the hands of the police and ordinary people. She adds that she fled repression not only as a lesbian but also as a woman, given that Uganda is an extremely patriarchal country. She underlines what she claims to be the homophobic nature of the country, as attested to by a bill before Parliament to prohibit the promotion of what are termed “unnatural sexual practices”.