United Nations

International Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights

Distr.: General
4 May 2017
Original: English

Human Rights Committee

Views adopted by the Committee under article 5 (4) of the
Optional Protocol, concerning communication
No. 2206/2012*, **
Communication submitted by:

Vide Lale and Milojka Blagojević (represented
by TRIAL: Track Impunity Always)

Alleged victim:

The authors and their respective mothers, Anđa
Lale and Staka Popović

State Party:

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Date of communication:

26 September 2012 (initial submission)

Document references:

Decision taken pursuant to rule 97 of the
Committee’s rules of procedure, transmitted to
the State party on 20 November 2012 (not issued
in a document form)

Date of adoption of Views:

17 March 2017

Subject matter:

Arbitrary killing, disappearance and effective

Procedural issues:


Substantive issues:

Right to life; cruel, inhuman or degrading
treatment or punishment; right to privacy; right
to family life; right to an effective remedy

Articles of the Covenant:

2 (3); 6; 7; 17; and 23 (1)

Article of the Optional Protocol:


The authors of the communication are Vide Lale and Milojka Blagojević, nationals
of Bosnia and Herzegovina, born on 3 June 1949 and 1 July 1949, respectively. Mr. Lale
submits the communication on his behalf and on behalf of his mother, Anđa Lale, a national
of Bosnia and Herzegovina, born on 7 July 1907. Mrs. Blagojević submits the
communication on her own behalf and on behalf of her mother, Staka Popović, a national of
Bosnia and Herzegovina born on 26 January 1919. The authors allege that Mrs. Lale and
Mrs. Popović were victims of arbitrary execution in 1992 and that their remains were
* Adopted by the Committee at its 119th session (6 March-29 March 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, Bamariam Koita, Marcia Kran, Duncan
Laki Muhumuza, Mauro Politi, José Manuel Santos Pais, Anja Seibert-Fohr, Yuval Shany and Margo



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