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ECHR opposes deportation of Afghan Christian convert from Switzerland

ECHR opposes deportation of Afghan Christian convert from Switzerland

Country: 
Algeria
Switzerland
News Date: 
10/11/2019
Lancastrian
Summary: 

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled against the deportation of an Afghan Christian convert from Switzerland on the grounds that they would be in serious danger if they returned to Afghanistan.

Christian legal group ADF International intervened in the case in support of the man known as A.A. (anonymised for security reasons) saying the asylum seeker could face severe social and formal persecution if sent home.

The Strasbourg Court Judges held that the Muslim who became a Christian would have been compelled to conceal their faith or face persecution if deported by the Swiss authorities.

Conversion from Islam to another religion is illegal in the Middle Eastern country and punishable by "anything from lengthy imprisonment to death", the human rights firm said.