CCPR/C/119/D/2586/2015 United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Distr.: General 18 May 2017 Original: English Human Rights Committee Views adopted by the Committee under article 5 (4) of the Optional Protocol, concerning communication No. 2586/2015*, ** Submitted by: Ulyana Zakharenko and Elena Zakharenko (represented by counsel, Raisa Mikhailovskaya, head of The Belarusian Documentation Centre, Lithuania) Alleged victims: The authors and Yuri Zakharenko (deceased) State party: Belarus Date of communication: 27 March 2014 (initial submission) Document references: Decision taken pursuant to rule 97 of the Committee’s rules of procedure, transmitted to the State party on 11 March 2015 (not issued in document form) Date of adoption of Views: 17 March 2017 Subject matter: Enforced disappearance; right to life; torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; deprivation of liberty; effective remedy Substantive issues: Arbitrary deprivation of life; torture and illtreatment; arbitrary deprivation of liberty; lack of proper investigation Procedural issues: Third party submission; Exhaustion of domestic remedies Articles of the Covenant: 2 (3), 6, 7, 9, 10 and 26 Article of the Optional Protocol: 5 (2) (b) 1. The authors of the communication are Ulyana Zakharenko, a Belarusian citizen born in 1924, and Elena Zakharenko, a German citizen born in 1975. They submit the communication on their own behalf and on behalf of Yuri Zakharenko, a Belarussian * 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, Ahmed Amin Fathalla, Olivier de Frouville, Christof Heyns, Yuji Iwasawa, Koita Bamariam, Marcia Kran, Duncan Laki Muhumuza, Photini Pazartzis, Mauro Politi, José Manuel Santos Pais, Yuval Shany and Margo Waterval. GE.17-07973(E) 

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