CCPR/C/114/D/2017/2010

United Nations

International Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights

Distr.: General
25 September 2015
Original: English

Human Rights Committee

Communication No. 2017/2010
Views adopted by the Committee at its 114th session
(29 June-24 July 2015)

Submitted by:

Andrei Burdyko (represented by counsel,
Roman Kislyak)

Alleged victim:

The author

State party:

Belarus

Date of communication:

17 December 2010 (initial submission)

Document references:

Special Rapporteur’s rule 92 and rule 97
decision, transmitted to the State party on 17
December 2010 (not issued in document form)

Date of adoption of Views:

15 July 2015

Subject matter:

Imposition of a death sentence after unfair trial,
on the basis of confessions obtained under duress

Procedural issues:

Exhaustion of domestic remedies; failure of the
State party to cooperate; non-respect of the
Committee’s request for interim measures

Substantive issues:

Death penalty, torture and ill-treatment; habeas
corpus; right to a fair hearing by an independent
and impartial tribunal; right to be presumed
innocent; right not to be compelled to testify
against oneself or to confess guilt

Articles of the Covenant:

6 (1) and (2); 7; 9 (1) and (3); and 14 (1), (2) and
(3) (b), (d) and (g)

Articles of the Optional Protocol:

1, 2, 5 (2) (b)

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