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Concealing Religious Faith: The AIRE Centre intervenes in F.G. v Sweden

22 October 2014

The AIRE Centre joined the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) in intervening in F.G. v Sweden (Application No. 43611/11) at the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights.

The case concerned  an Iranian who converted to Christianity, being threatened with return to Iraq where renouncing Islam is a serious crime.

The big question was whether the Applicant would be safe if he concealed his religious faith. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), the EU's court in Luxembourg, recently ruled that requiring concealment of such a key element of identity was unacceptable.

The intervention argued that under Art 53 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), the protection given by the ECHR must be at least equal to that given by EU law.

The hearing will be held on 3 December 2014.

Read our full written submission.

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