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B. J. v. Denmark

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B. J. v. Denmark

 

(Communication No. 17/1999), UN. Doc. CERD/C/57/D/17/1999

Subject:

Article 6 ICERD – just and adequate reparation or satisfaction; States parties shall assure effective remedies:

A Danish engineer of Iranian origin and his friends were denied entry to a disco by a doorman because they were “foreigners”. He claimed that the fine imposed on the doorman by the Danish court was not effective satisfaction and reparation.

Conclusion:

No violation of Article 6. But CERD noted in Paragraph 6.3 of its opinion:

“[b]eing refused access to a place of service intended for the use of the general public solely on the ground of a person`s national or ethnic background is a humiliating experience which … may merit economic compensation and cannot always be adequately repaired or satisfied by merely imposing a criminal sanction on the perpetrator”.

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