United Nations

International Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights

Distr.: General
11 February 2021
Original: French

Human Rights Committee

Decision adopted by the Committee under the Optional
Protocol, concerning communication No. 2780/2016*, **, ***
Communication submitted by:

P.F. and M.F. (represented by counsel, William

Alleged victims:

The authors

State party:


Date of communication:

14 February 2015 (initial submission)

Document references:

Decision taken pursuant to rule 92 of the
Committee’s rules of procedure, transmitted to
the State party on 16 June 2016 (not issued in
document form)

Date of adoption of decision:

20 October 2020

Subject matter:

Arbitrary invasions of privacy

Procedural issues:

Non-exhaustion of domestic remedies;
insufficient substantiation of claims;
incompatibility ratione materiae with the

Substantive issues:

Right to privacy and family life; right to a fair

Articles of the Covenant:

2 (3), 7, 14 (1) and 17

Articles of the Optional Protocol:

2, 3 and 5 (2) (b)

* Adopted by the Committee at its 130th session (12 October–6 November 2020).
** The following members of the Committee participated in the examination of the communication:
Yadh Ben Achour, Arif Bulkan, Ahmed Amin Fathalla, Furuya Shuichi, Christof Heyns, Bamariam
Koita, David H. Moore, Duncan Laki Muhumuza, Photini Pazartzis, Hernán Quezada Cabrera,
Vasilka Sancin, José Manuel Santos Pais, Yuval Shany, Andreas Zimmermann and Gentian Zyberi.
In accordance with rule 108 of the Committee’s rules of procedure, Hélène Tigroudja did not
participate in the examination of the communication.
*** The text of an individual opinion (partly dissenting) of Committee member José Manuel Santos Pais
is appended to the present decision.

GE.21-01892 (E)



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