United Nations

International Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights

Distr.: General
19 November 2014
Original: English

Human Rights Committee

Communication No. 1972/2010
Views adopted by the Committee at its 112th session
(7–31 October 2014)
Submitted by:

Ali Djahangir oglu Quliyev (represented by
counsel, Eldar Zeynalov)

Alleged victims:

The author

State party:


Date of communication:

24 June 2010 (initial submission)

Document references:

Special Rapporteur’s rule 97 decision,
transmitted to the State party on 13 August 2010
(not issued in document form)

Date of adoption of decision:

16 October 2014

Subject matter:

Torture in pretrial detention; inhuman conditions
of detention; unfair trial; commutation of a death
sentence into life imprisonment at a time when
life imprisonment was not provided by law

Procedural issues:

Admissibility ratione temporis; exhaustion of
domestic remedies; claim examined under
another procedure of international investigation
or settlement

Substantive issues:

Torture, fair trial, inhuman treatment; heavier
penalty imposed than the one that was applicable
at the time when the criminal offence was
committed; right to appeal

Articles of the Covenant:

7, 10 (paras. 1 and 3), 14 (paras. 1, 3 (d), 5 and
6) and 15 (para. 1)

Articles of the Optional Protocol:

2 and 5 (paras. 1 and 2 (b))



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