United Nations

International Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights

Distr.: General
21 September 2017
Original: French

Human Rights Committee

Views adopted by the Committee under article 5 (4)
of the Optional Protocol, concerning
communication No. 2267/2013*, **
Communication submitted by:

Lounis Khelifati (represented by the Collectif des
familles de disparu(e)s en Algérie)

Alleged victim:

Youcef Khelifati (author’s son) and the author

State party:


Date of communication:

8 March 2013 (initial submission)

Document references:

Decision taken pursuant to rules 92 and 97 of the
Committee’s rules of procedure, transmitted to the
State party on 11 July 2013 (not issued in
document form)

Date of adoption of Views:

28 July 2017

Subject matter:

Enforced disappearance

Procedural issues:

Exhaustion of domestic remedies

Substantive issues

Right to an effective remedy; prohibition of cruel,
inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment;
right to liberty and security of person; respect for
the inherent dignity of the human person;
recognition as a person before the law

Articles of the Covenant:

2 (2) and (3), 6, 7, 9, 10 and 16

Articles of the Optional Protocol:

2 and 5 (2) (b)

The author of the communication, dated 8 March 2013, is Lounis Khelifati, a national
of Algeria residing in Dellys, wilaya (governorate) of Boumerdès, Algeria. He claims that his
son Youcef Khelifati, born on 9 October 1967 and also an Algerian national, is the victim of
enforced disappearance attributable to the State party, in violation of articles 2 (2) and (3), 6,
7, 9, 10 and 16 of the Covenant. The author claims that he himself is the victim of a violation
of article 2 (2), and of article 7 read in conjunction with article 2 (3), of the Covenant. The

* Adopted by the Committee at its 120th session (3-28 July 2017).
** The following members of the Committee participated in the examination of the communication: Tania
María Abdo Rocholl, Yadh Ben Achour, Ilze Brands Kehris, Sarah Cleveland, Ahmed Amin Fathalla,
Olivier de Frouville, Christof Heyns, Yuji Iwasawa, Bamariam Koita, Marcia V.J. Kran, Duncan Laki
Muhumuza, Photini Pazartzis, Mauro Politi, José Manuel Santos Pais, Yuval Shany and Margo

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