United Nations

International Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights

Distr.: General
4 June 2018
Original: English

Human Rights Committee

Views adopted by the Committee under article 5 (4) of the
Optional Protocol, concerning communication No.
2577/2015*, **
Communication submitted by:

Ozoda Yakubova (represented by counsel,
Patrick Griffith, Freedom Now)

Alleged victim:

Azamjon Formonov

State party:


Date of communication:

3 September 2014 (initial submission)

Document references:

Decision taken pursuant to rule 97 of the
Committee’s rules of procedure, transmitted to
the State party on 2 March 2015 (not issued in
document form)

Date of adoption of Views:

6 April 2018

Subject matter:

Arbitrary detention; torture; unfair trial of a
human rights activist

Procedural issues:

Non-exhaustion of domestic remedies

Substantive issues:

Arbitrary detention, torture, fair trial, right to
counsel of his own choosing, right to have
adequate time and facilities for the preparation of
a criminal defence, right not to confess guilt,
unlawful interference with privacy, family and
home, freedom of expression

Articles of the Covenant:

2 (2); 7; 9 (1); 14 (1), (2) and (3) (b), (e) and (g);
17; and 19 (2)

Articles of the Optional Protocol:

2 and 5 (2) (b)

The author of the communication is Ozoda Yakubova, an Uzbek national born in
1979, who files the complaint on behalf of her husband, Azamjon Formonov, an Uzbek
national born in 1978. The author is represented by counsel, Patrick Griffith of Freedom

* Adopted by the Committee at its 122nd session (12 March–6 April 2018).
** The following members of the Committee participated in the examination of the present
communication: Yadh Ben Achour, Ilze Brands Kehris, Sarah Cleveland, Ahmed Amin Fathalla,
Olivier de Frouville, Christof Heyns, Yuji Iwasawa, Ivana Jelić, Bamariam Koita, Marcia Kran,
Duncan Laki Muhumuza, Photini Pazartzis, Mauro Politi, José Manuel Santos Pais, Yuval Shany and
Margo Waterval.



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