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In the case of J.K. and Others v. Sweden the Court found that the applicants’ deportation to Iraq would lead to a violation of the prohibition of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment.

The applicants, a couple and their son, are Iraqi nationals whose application for asylum in Sweden was rejected and who are under an expulsion order to Iraq.

In this case the Court noted that the applicants had suffered ill-treatment at the hands of al-Qaeda, and that J.K. had belonged to a group of persons who were systematically targeted for their links with the American armed forces. The Court therefore found that the the applicants would run a real risk from non-State actors if returned to Iraq.

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