United Nations

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

Distr.: General
11 September 2019
Original: English

Committee against Torture

Decision adopted by the Committee under article 22 of the
Convention, concerning communication No. 854/2017*, **
Communication submitted by:

A (represented by counsel, Philip Grant of
TRIAL International)

Alleged victim:

The complainant

State party:

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Date of complaint:

1 November 2017 (initial submission)

Document references:

Decision taken pursuant to rule 115 of the
Committee’s rules of procedure, transmitted to
the State party on 10 May 2016 (not issued in
document form)

Date of present decision:

2 August 2019

Subject matter:

Right to fair and adequate compensation

Procedural issues:


Substantive issues:

Right to a remedy and compensation

Articles of the Convention:

14 (1) in conjunction with 1 (1)

The complainant is A, a citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina, born in the former
Yugoslavia in 1961. She claims that the State party has violated her rights under article 14
(1) in conjunction with article 1 (1) of the Convention against Torture. 1 The complainant is
represented by counsel.2
The facts as submitted by the complainant
In 1992, the complainant and her 10-year-old daughter lived in Semizovac, within
Vogosca Municipality, an area that was controlled by the forces of the Army of Republika
Srpska (Vojska Republike Srpske, VRS) during the non-international armed conflict in

* Adopted by the Committee at its sixty-seventh session (22 July–9 August 2019).
** The following members of the Committee participated in the examination of the communication:


Essadia Belmir, Felice Gaer, Abdelwahab Hani, Claude Heller Rouassant, Jens Modvig, Ana Racu,
Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón, Sébastien Touzé and Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov.
Yugoslavia ratified the Convention on 10 September 1991. Bosnia and Herzegovina acceded to the
Convention on 1 September 1993. On 4 June 2003, Bosnia and Herzegovina made a declaration
recognizing the competence of the Committee to receive communications from individuals in
accordance with article 22.
The complainant requested anonymity and strict confidentiality.



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