United Nations

International Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights

Distr.: General
2 December 2013
Original: English

Human Rights Committee

Communication No. 1910/2009
Views adopted by the Committee at its 109th session
(14 October–1 November 2013)


Submitted by:

Svetlana Zhuk (represented by counsel, Raman

Alleged victim:

Andrei Zhuk (son of the author)

State party:


Date of communication:

27 October 2009 (initial submission)

Document references:

Special Rapporteur’s rule 92 and rule 97
decision, transmitted to the State party on 30
October 2009 (not issued in a document form)

Date of adoption of Views:

30 October 2013

Subject matter:

Imposition of a death sentence after unfair trial

Procedural issues:

State party’s failure to cooperate and non-respect
of the Committee’s request for interim measures;
abuse of the right to submission, insufficient
substantiation of claims; non-exhaustion of
domestic remedies

Substantive issues:

Arbitrary deprivation of life; torture and illtreatment; arbitrary deprivation of liberty; right
to be brought promptly before a judge; right to a
fair hearing by an independent and impartial
tribunal; right to be presumed innocent; right to
adequate time and facilities for the preparation of
his defence and to communicate with his
counsel; right not to be compelled to testify
against himself or to confess guilt; interim
measures to avoid irreparable damage to the
alleged victim; violation of obligations under the
Optional Protocol

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