CCPR/C/109/D/1910/2009 United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Distr.: General 2 December 2013 Original: English Human Rights Committee Communication No. 1910/2009 Views adopted by the Committee at its 109th session (14 October–1 November 2013) GE.13-49314 Submitted by: Svetlana Zhuk (represented by counsel, Raman Kisliak) Alleged victim: Andrei Zhuk (son of the author) State party: Belarus Date of communication: 27 October 2009 (initial submission) Document references: Special Rapporteur’s rule 92 and rule 97 decision, transmitted to the State party on 30 October 2009 (not issued in a document form) Date of adoption of Views: 30 October 2013 Subject matter: Imposition of a death sentence after unfair trial Procedural issues: State party’s failure to cooperate and non-respect of the Committee’s request for interim measures; abuse of the right to submission, insufficient substantiation of claims; non-exhaustion of domestic remedies Substantive issues: Arbitrary deprivation of life; torture and illtreatment; arbitrary deprivation of liberty; right to be brought promptly before a judge; right to a fair hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal; right to be presumed innocent; right to adequate time and facilities for the preparation of his defence and to communicate with his counsel; right not to be compelled to testify against himself or to confess guilt; interim measures to avoid irreparable damage to the alleged victim; violation of obligations under the Optional Protocol

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