United Nations

Convention against Torture
and Other Cruel, Inhuman
or Degrading Treatment
or Punishment
Advance unedited version

Distr.: General
18 May 2018
Original: English

Committee against Torture

Decision adopted by the Committee under article 22 of the
Convention, concerning communication No. 698/2015**



Submitted by:

Z.K. and A.K. (represented by counsel,
Stephanie Motz)

Alleged victim:

The complainants

State party:


Date of complaint:

20 August 2015 (initial submission)

Date of decision:

11 May 2018

Subject matter:

Removal of complainants to the Russian

Procedural issues:

Lack of substantiation of claims

Substantive issues:

Non-refoulement; risk of torture or cruel,
inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
in the event of removal to the Russian Federation

Articles of the Convention:


The following members of the Committee participated in the examination of the communication:
[…]. Pursuant to rule 109, read in conjunction with article 15 of the Committee’s rules of procedure,
and article 10 of the Guidelines on the independence and impartiality of members of the human rights
treaty bodies (“the Addis Ababa guidelines”), […] did not participate in the examination of this

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