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,

Alleged victims:

The authors and Yuri Zakharenko (deceased)

State party:


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

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

Articles of the Covenant:

2 (3), 6, 7, 9, 10 and 26

Article of the Optional Protocol:

5 (2) (b)

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.



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