United Nations

International Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights

Distr.: General
9 December 2015
Original: English

Human Rights Committee

Communication No. 2289/2013
Views adopted by the Committee at its 115th session
(19 October-6 November 2015)
Submitted by:

Pavel Selyun (represented by counsel,
Andrei Paluda)

Alleged victim:

The author

State party:


Date of communication:

27 September 2013 (initial submission)

Document references:

Special Rapporteur’s decision under rules 92 and
97, transmitted to the State party on 2 October
2013 (not issued in document form)

Date of adoption of Views:

6 November 2015

Subject matter:

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

Procedural issues:

Failure of the State party to cooperate,
non-respect of the Committee’s request for
interim measures, level of substantiation of

Substantive issues:

Arbitrary deprivation of life; torture and illtreatment; 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)-(4) and 14 (1), (2) and (3)
(b), (d) and (g)

Articles of the Optional Protocol:

1, 2 and 5 (2) (b)



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