United Nations

International Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights

Distr.: General
29 August 2018
Original: Spanish

Human Rights Committee

Views adopted by the Committee under article 5 (4) of the
Optional Protocol, concerning communication No.
2767/2016*, **
Communication submitted by:

Lydia Cacho Ribeiro (represented by Article 19)

Alleged victim:

The author

State party:


Date of communication:

13 October 2014

Document references:

Decision taken pursuant to rule 97 of the
Committee’s rules of procedure, transmitted to
the State party on 9 May 2016 (not issued in
document form)

Date of adoption of Views:

17 July 2018

Subject matter:

Detention of a journalist for defamation and
calumny following publication of a book about a
child sexual exploitation ring

Procedural issues:

Exhaustion of domestic remedies,
incompatibility with the provisions of the
Covenant, insufficient substantiation of the

Substantive issues:

Prohibition of torture and ill-treatment, gender
equality, prohibition of arbitrary detention,
treatment of persons deprived of their liberty,
due process guarantees, nullum crimen, freedom
of expression

Articles of the Covenant:

2 (3), 3, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14 (1), 15 (1) and 19

Articles of the Optional Protocol:

2, 3 and 5 (2) (b)

* Adopted by the Committee at its 123rd session (2–27 July 2018).
** The following members of the Committee participated in the examination of the 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.

GE.18-14178 (E)

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