Application No. 12436/86
by Susanne and Franz ALBISSER and Others
against Denmark

        The European Commission of Human Rights sitting in private
on 3 March 1988, the following members being present:

              MM. J.A. FROWEIN, Acting President
                  C.A. NØRGAARD
                  S. TRECHSEL
                  E. BUSUTTIL
                  A.S. GÖZÜBÜYÜK
                  A. WEITZEL
                  J.-C. SOYER
                  H.G. SCHERMERS
                  H. DANELIUS
                  G. BATLINER
                  J. CAMPINOS
                  H. VANDENBERGHE
             Mrs.  G.H. THUNE
             Sir  Basil HALL
             MM.  F. MARTINEZ
                  C.L. ROZAKIS
             Mrs.  J. LIDDY

             Mr.  H.C. KRÜGER Secretary to the Commission

        Having regard to Article 25 of the Convention for the
Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms;

        Having regard to the application introduced on 2 July 1986 by
Susanne and Franz Albisser and Others against Denmark and registered
on 6 October 1986 under file N° 12436/86;

        Having regard to the report provided for in Rule 40 of the
Rules of Procedure of the Commission;

        Having deliberated;

        Decides as follows:

THE FACTS

        The facts of the case, as submitted by the applicants, may be
summarised as follows.

        All eight applicants are members of the Church of Scientology.
At the time of the introduction of the application they were all
living in Copenhagen, Denmark.  Before the Commission they are
represented by Mr.  Mourad Oussedik and Mrs.  Brigitte Bouvier, lawyers
practising in Paris, France.

        The application concerns the applicants' expulsion from Denmark.

        Susanne and Franz Albisser are both Swiss citizens, born in
1956 and 1949 respectively.  They came to Denmark in 1976 and were
granted one year residence permits, renewed by the Ministry of
Justice each year.  They have one daughter born in Denmark in 1978.
Their application for a further renewal of their residence permits was
rejected by the Aliens Supervisory Board (Tilsynet med Udlaendinge) on
2 March 1983.  Both applicants appealed against this decision to the
Ministry of Justice.

        Julia Bernal-Breuer is a Spanish citizen, born in 1954.  Her
husband Henry George Breuer is a Swiss citizen, born in 1956.  They
came to Denmark in 1983 and 1977 respectively and were granted one
year residence permits.  They have two children born in 1979 and 1986.
Their application for renewal of their residence permits was rejected
by the Directorate for Aliens (Direktoratet for Udlaendinge) on
28 August 1985.  Both applicants appealed against this decision to
the Ministry of Justice.

        Katharine Eisenring-Schär and Alois Josef Eisenring are both
Swiss citizens, born in 1954 and 1952 respectively.  It appears that
they came to Denmark in 1980.  They received one year residence
permits.  They have two children born in 1975 and 1978.  Their
application for renewal of their residence permits was rejected by the
Aliens Supervisory Board on 9 August 1982.  Both applicants appealed
against this decision to the Ministry of Justice.

        Suzanne and André Camille Meyer are Swiss citizens, both born
in 1951.  They came to Denmark in 1977 and were granted one year
residence permits which were subsequently renewed annually.  They have
three children born in 1974, 1976 and 1981.  Their application for a
further renewal of their residence permits was rejected by the Aliens
Supervisory Board on 3 January 1983.  Both applicants appealed against
this decision to the Ministry of Justice.

        As set out above all applicants appealed against the decisions
of the Aliens Supervisory Board and the Directorate for Aliens
respectively to the Ministry of Justice.  Lengthy negotiations between
the applicants and the Ministry of Justice commenced.  Eventually,
however, all the applicants' appeals were rejected and by letter of
27 June 1986 the applicants were informed by the Ministry of Justice
that they were to leave Denmark no later than 1 July 1986.

        On 27 June 1986 the applicants submitted to the Directorate
for Aliens a request to have the administrative decision of the
Ministry of Justice concerning their residence permits brought before
the courts in accordance with Section 52 of the Aliens Act
(Udlaendingeloven) which provides for a special procedure whereby an
alien has the right to have certain specific decisions concerning
residence permits and expulsion set out in this section brought before
the courts by the Aliens Supervisory Board at the request of the alien
concerned.

        Insofar as it can be determined from the applicants' submissions
it does not appear that the applicants' cases could be brought before
the courts according to Section 52 of the Aliens Act.

        The applicants did not institute proceedings in the High Court
(Østre Landsret) against the Ministry of Justice in accordance with
their constitutional rights set out in Section 63 of the Danish
Constitution (Danmarks Riges Grundlov).


COMPLAINTS

        The applicants invoke Articles 6 para. 1, 8 and 11 in
conjunction with Articles 9 and 14 of the Convention as well as
Article 4 of Protocol No. 4 to the Convention.

        Under Article 6 para. 1 of the Convention the applicants
complain that, although they could bring a case before the High Court,
this remedy could not be taken into consideration for the purpose of
Article 6 para. 1 since this action had no suspensive effect.
Regarding the applicants' complaints, they did not therefore have at
their disposal an impartial tribunal which could, in a fair hearing,
determine the civil rights which allegedly were at stake.

        The applicants also complain under Article 8 of the Convention
that the decisions rejecting their application for residence permits
violate their right to respect for their family life.  Several of the
applicants came to Denmark in the mid 70's and the Government's
decisions are without motivation.  They have not been found guilty of
any criminal offence or otherwise acted in a way which could allow the
application of Article 8 para. 2.  The violation under Article 8 is
particularly grave in regard to those applicants who have small
children, born in Denmark with no ties with any other country.

        In conjunction with Articles 9 and 14 of the Convention the
applicants furthermore invoke Article 11 alleging that the Church of
Scientology in Denmark is one of only four mother churches of the
Church of Scientology and the existence of this religious association
constitutes the very reason for their settling in Denmark.  The
departure of the applicants from Denmark would rupture the long-
standing links with their numerous friends united in this association.

        Finally, under Article 4 of Protocol No. 4 the applicants
allege that the motives behind the refusal to renew the residence
permits were merely to get rid of persons belonging to the Church of
Scientology.  The measure taken should therefore be considered as
collective expulsion of the applicants since a large number of their
friends also belonging to the Church of Scientology have likewise been
requested to leave Denmark.

PROCEEDINGS BEFORE THE COMMISSION

        The application was introduced on 2 July 1986 and registered
on 6 October 1986.

        On 13 July 1987 the Commission declared inadmissible an
application concerning 17 other members of the Church of Scientology
who had been requested to leave Denmark under circumstances similar
to those of the present applicants (No. 12097/86, Dec. 13.7.87,
unpublished).

        On 29 September 1987 the applicants were requested to inform
the Commission whether they, in the light of the above decision,
intended to pursue their application further.  The Commission,
however, did not receive any reply to this request.  Furthermore, the
Commission observes that despite reminders sent to the applicants on
29 October 1987, 18 November 1987 and 21 December 1987 (twice by
registered mail) the applicants have not resumed contact with the
Commission and thus failed to provide the information requested by the
Commission.


REASONS FOR THE DECISION

        In the circumstances described above the Commission considers
that the applicants must be regarded as having lost interest in their
application.  Furthermore the Commission finds that there are no
reasons of a general character affecting the observance of the
Convention which necessitate a further examination of the case.

        For these reasons, the Commission


        DECIDES TO STRIKE THE APPLICATION OFF ITS LIST OF CASES


Secretary to the Commission          Acting President to the Commission





     (H. C. KRUGER)                            (J. A. FROWEIN)