United Nations

International Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights

Distr.: General
7 December 2016
Original: English

Human Rights Committee

Views adopted by the Committee under article 5 (4) of the
Optional Protocol, concerning communication No.
2127/2011*, **
Communication submitted by:

Urmatbek Akunov (represented by Rupert
Skilbeck of the Open Society Justice Initiative
and Kanat Djailoev)

Alleged victim:

Bektemir Akunov (the author’s father, deceased)

State party:


Date of communication:

3 October 2011 (initial submission)

Document references:

Decision taken pursuant to rule 97 of the
Committee’s rules of procedure, transmitted to
the State party on 27 December 2011 (not issued
in document form)

Date of adoption of Views:

27 October 2016

Subject matter:

Death in custody after alleged arbitrary detention
and torture

Procedural issues:


Substantive issues:

Right to life; torture; prompt and impartial
investigation; arbitrary detention; right to
freedom of expression

Articles of the Covenant:

6 (1) and 7, read alone and in conjunction with 2
(3), 9 (1) and 19

Articles of the Optional Protocol:


* Adopted by the Committee at its 118th session (17 October-4 November 2016).
** The following members of the Committee participated in the examination of the present
communication: Yadh Ben Achour, Lazhari Bouzid, Sarah Cleveland, Olivier de Frouville, Yuji
Iwasawa, Ivana Jelić, Duncan Laki Muhumuza, Photini Pazartzis, Mauro Politi, Sir Nigel Rodley,
Víctor Manuel Rodríguez Rescia, Fabián Omar Salvioli, Anja Seibert-Fohr, Yuval Shany,
Konstantine Vardzelashvili and Margo Waterval.



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