United Nations

International Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights

Distr.: General
21 December 2021
Original: English

Advance unedited version

Human Rights Committee

Views adopted by the Committee under article 5 (4) of the
Optional Protocol, concerning communication No.
Communication submitted by:

Marina Adamovich

Alleged victim:

Mikalai Statkevich

State party:


Date of communication:

15 November 2013 (initial submission)

Document references:

Special Rapporteur’s rule 92 decision, transmitted
to the State party on 22 December 2015 (not
issued in document form)

Date of adoption of Views:

26 October 2021

Subject matter:

Conviction of an opposition leader; unlawful
detention; unfair trial; torture and forced
confession; inhuman conditions of detention;
unlawful interference with privacy; freedom of
expression; freedom of peaceful assembly;
freedom of associations; right to participate in
public life

Procedural issues:

Level of substantiation of a claim

Substantive issue:

Torture; cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or
punishment; arbitrary detention; right to be
brought promptly before a judge; right to a fair
hearing by an impartial tribunal; right to be
presumed innocent; right to adequate time and
facilities for the preparation of defence; right to
communicate with counsel of one’s own
choosing; right to examine witnesses; right not to
be compelled to testify against oneself or to
confess guilt; right to privacy; freedom of
expression; right of peaceful assembly; equality

* Adopted by the Committee at its 133rd session (11 October-5 November 2021).
** The following members of the Committee participated in the examination of the communication:
Wafaa Ashraf Moharram Bassim, Yadh Ben Achour, Christopher Arif Bulkan, Mahjoub El Haiba,
Shuichi Furuya, Carlos Gómez Martínez, Marcia V.J. Kran, Duncan Laki Muhumuza, Photini
Pazartzis, Vasilka Sancin, José Manuel Santos Pais, Changrok Soh, Kobauyah Kpatcha Tchamdja,
Hélène Tigroudja, Imeru Tamerat Yigezu and Gentian Zyberi.

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