United Nations

International Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights

Distr.: General
29 August 2018
Original: English

Human Rights Committee

Decision adopted by the Committee under the Optional
Protocol, concerning communication No. 2768/2016*, **
Communication submitted by:

Z.B. (represented by counsel, Gruša Matevžič of
the Hungarian Helsinki Committee)

Alleged victims:

The author

State party:


Date of communication:

23 May 2016 (initial submission)

Document references:

Decision taken pursuant to rule 97 of the
Committee’s rules of procedure transmitted to
the State party on 25 May 2016 (not issued in
document form)

Date of adoption of decision:

19 July 2018

Subject matter:

Deportation to Serbia

Procedural issue:

Victim status

Substantive issues:

Risk of torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading
treatment or punishment; non-refoulement; right
to an effective remedy

Articles of the Covenant:

2 (3) (a), 7 and 13

Article of the Optional Protocol:


The author of the communication is Z.B., born on 2 February 1982. She is a
Cameroonian and South Sudanese national seeking asylum in Hungary and subject to
deportation to Serbia following the rejection of her application for refugee status in
Hungary by the Hungarian authorities. She claims that by forcibly deporting her to Serbia,
Hungary would violate her rights under article 7, read alone and in conjunction with article
2 (3) (a), and article 13 of the Covenant. The author is represented by the Hungarian
Helsinki Committee. The Optional Protocol entered into force for Hungary on 7 September
On 25 May 2016, pursuant to rule 92 of the Committee’s rules of procedure, the
Special Rapporteur on new communications and interim measures requested the State party

* Adopted by the Committee at its 123rd session (2–27 July 2018).
** The following members of the Committee participated in the examination of the present
communication: Tania María Abdo Rocholl, Yadh Ben Achour, Ilze Brands Kehris, Sarah Cleveland,
Ahmed Amin Fathalla, Olivier de Frouville, Christof Heyns, Bamariam Koita, Marcia V.J. Kran,
Duncan Laki Muhumuza, Mauro Politi, José Manuel Santos Pais, Yuval Shany and Margo Waterval.



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