United Nations

International Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights

Distr.: General
1 December 2017
Original: French

Human Rights Committee

Views adopted by the Committee under article 5 (4)
of the Optional Protocol, concerning communication
No. 2283/2013*, **
Submitted by:

Abdelkader Boudjema (represented by the
Alkarama Foundation)

Alleged victims:

The author and Mahmoud Boudjema (the
author’s father)

State party:


Date of the communication:

18 June 2013 (initial submission)

Document references:

Decision under rules 92 and 97 of the rules of
procedure, transmitted to the State party on 16
August 2013 (not issued in document form)

Date of adoption of Views:

30 October 2017

Subject matter:

Enforced disappearance

Procedural issue:

Exhaustion of domestic remedies

Substantive issues:

Right to an effective remedy; prohibition of
torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or
punishment; right to liberty and security of the
person; respect for the inherent dignity of the
human person; recognition as a person before the
law; right to privacy; right to family life

Articles of the Covenant:

2 (3), 6 (1), 7, 9 (1–4), 10 (1), 16, 17 and 23 (1)

Articles of the Optional Protocol:

2 and 5 (2)

The author of the communication, dated 18 June 2013, is Abdelkader Boudjema, a
national of Algeria. He is represented by the Alkarama Foundation. He claims that his
father, Mahmoud Boudjema, born on 1 April 1946 and also an Algerian national, was the
victim of enforced disappearance attributable to the State party, in violation of articles 6 (1),
7, 9 (1–4), 10 (1), 16, 17, 23 (1) and 2 (3) of the Covenant. The author claims that he
himself has been a victim of violations of articles 7, 17, 23 (1) and 2 (3). The Covenant and

* Adopted by the Committee at its 121st session (16 October–10 November 2017).
** The following members of the Committee participated in the examination of the communication:
Yadh Ben Achour, Ilze Brands Kehris, Olivier de Frouville, Christof Heyns, Yuji Iwasawa, Ivana
Jelić, Bamariam Koita, Marcia V.J. Kran, Duncan Laki Muhumuza, Photini Pazartzis, José Manuel
Santos Pais, Anja Seibert-Fohr, Yuval Shany and Margo Waterval.

GE.17-21416 (E)

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