United Nations

International Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights

Distr.: General
4 September 2018
Original: English

Human Rights Committee

Views adopted by the Committee under article 5 (4) of the
Optional Protocol, concerning communication No. 2371/2014*, **
Communication submitted by:

Noureddine Maalem and Guldez Maalem
(not represented by counsel)

Alleged victims:

The authors and their five children

State party:


Date of communication:

28 March 2014 (initial submission)

Document references:

Decision taken pursuant to rules 92 and 97 of the
Committee’s rules of procedure, transmitted to the
State party on 31 March 2014 (not issued in
document form)

Date of adoption of Views:

17 July 2018

Subject matter:

Expulsion from Uzbekistan to Algeria and separation
from family

Procedural issue:

Level of substantiation of claims

Substantive issues:

Expulsion of non-citizen; fair trial; family life; rights
of the child; torture and ill-treatment

Articles of the Covenant:

7, 14, 23 and 24

Article of the Optional Protocol:


The authors of the communication are Noureddine Maalem, a national of Algeria born in
1962, and his wife, Guldez Maalem, a national of Uzbekistan born in 1974. The communication
is submitted on their own behalf and on behalf of their five children, all nationals of
Uzbekistan, born in 1995, 1998, 2001, 2003 and 2006, respectively. Mr. Maalem is subject to
deportation to Algeria, or possibly to Kazakhstan, following his criminal conviction and
sentencing to five years’ imprisonment, followed by an amnesty by court decision on
* 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, Mauro Politi,
José Manuel Santos Pais, Yuval Shany and Margo Waterval.



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