United Nations

International Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights

Distr.: General
30 August 2017
Original: English

Human Rights Committee

Decision adopted by the Committee under the Optional
Protocol, concerning communication No. 2941/2017*, **
Communication submitted by:

Z.Z. (not represented by counsel)

Alleged victim:

The author

State party:


Date of communication:

8 January 2017 (initial submission)

Date of adoption of decision:

21 July 2017

Subject matter:

Fair trial

Procedural issues:

Substantiation of claims; abuse of time

Substantive issues:

Right to a fair trial

Articles of the Covenant:

2, 3, 5, 7, 9 (1), (3) and (5), 14 (1), (2) and (3),
16, 17 (1), 19 and 26

Articles of the Optional Protocol:

2 and 5 (2) (b)

The author of the communication is Z.Z., a national of Australia born in 1956 in
Beijing. He claims that the State party has violated his rights under articles 2, 3, 5, 7, 9 (1),
(3) and (5), 14 (1), (2) and (3), 16, 17 (1), 19 and 26 of the Covenant. The Optional
Protocol entered into force for the State party on 25 December 1991. The author is not
On 27 January 2017, the Committee, acting through its Special Rapporteur on new
communications and interim measures, decided not to issue a request for interim measures
under rule 92 of the Committee’s rules of procedure, and determined that no observations
from the State party were needed to ascertain the admissibility of the present

* Adopted by the Committee at its 120th session (3-28 July 2017).
** 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, Yuji Iwasawa, Bamarian Koita, Duncan Laki
Muhumuza, Photini Pazartzis, Mauro Politi, José Manuel Santos Pais and Margo Waterval.



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