United Nations

International Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights

Distr.: General
12 May 2017
Original: English

Human Rights Committee

Views adopted by the Committee under article 5 (4) of the
Optional Protocol, concerning communication No.
2146/2012*, **
Communication submitted by:

Zhaslan Suleimenov (represented by counsel,
Anara Ibraeva, of the Kazakhstan International
Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law)

Alleged victim:

The author

State party:


Date of communication:

14 January 2011 (initial submission)

Document references:

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

Date of adoption of Views:

21 March 2017

Subject matter:

Torture and ill-treatment of the author in

Procedural issue:

Non-exhaustion of domestic remedies

Substantive issues:

Torture — prompt and impartial investigation;
freedom of thought, conscience or religion;
conditions of detention

Articles of the Covenant:

7, read in conjunction with 2, and 9, 10, 14 and

Article of the Optional Protocol:


The author of the communication is Zhaslan Suleimenov, a national of Kazakhstan
born in 1976. He claims to be a victim of a violation by Kazakhstan of his rights under
article 7, read in conjunction with article 2, and articles 9, 10, 14 and 18 of the Covenant.
The Optional Protocol entered into force for Kazakhstan on 30 September 2009. The author
is represented by counsel.

* 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, Olivier de Frouville, Christof
Heyns, Yuji Iwasawa, Bamariam Koita, Marcia V.J. Kran, Duncan Laki Muhumuza, Mauro Politi,
José Manuel Santos Pais, Anja Seibert-Fohr, Yuval Shany and Margo Waterval.



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