United Nations

International Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights

Distr.: General
6 December 2021
Original: English

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Human Rights Committee

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

Igor Postnov (not represented by counsel)

Alleged victim:

The author

State party:


Date of communication:

22 February 2014 (initial submission)

Document references:

Decision taken pursuant to rule 92 of the
Committee’s rules of procedure, transmitted to
the State party on 21 March 2014 (not issued in
document form)

Date of adoption of Views:

19 July 2021

Subject matter:

Unlawful involuntary medical confinement of
the author resulting in torture

Procedural issue:

Exhaustion of domestic remedies

Substantive issues:

Torture; cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
or punishment; liberty and security of person,
fair and public hearing, privacy, freedom of
expression, discrimination

Articles of the Covenant:

2(1) and (3), 7, 9(1), 10(1), 14(1), 15(2), 17(1)
and (2), 19 and 26

Articles of the Optional Protocol:

2, 5 (2) (b)

The author of the communication is Igor Postnov, a national of Belarus born in 1968.
He claims that the State party violated his rights under articles 2(1) and (3), 7, 9(1), 10(1),
14(1), 15(2), 17(1) and (2), 19 and 26, of the Covenant. The Optional Protocol entered into
force for Belarus on 30 December 1992. The author is not represented by counsel.
On 23 July 2014, pursuant to rule 93 (1) of the Committee’s rules of procedure, the
State party requested the Committee to examine the admissibility of the communication
separately from its merits. On 17 September 2014, pursuant to rule 93 of its rules of procedure,

* Adopted by the Committee at its 132nd session (28 June-23 July 2021).
** The following members of the Committee participated in the examination of the communication:
Wafaa Ashraf Moharram Bassim, Yadh Ben Achour, Arif Bulkan, Mahjoub El Haiba, Kobauyah
Kpatcha Tchamdja, Carlos Gómez Martínez, Duncan Laki Muhumuza, Photini Pazartzis, Hernán
Quezada, Vasilka Sancin, José Manuel Santos Pais, Changrok Soh, Hélène Tigroudja, Imeru Tamerat
Yigezu, and Gentian Zyberi

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