CCPR/C/123/D/2247/2013 United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Distr.: General 13 August 2018 Original: English Human Rights Committee Views adopted by the Committee under article 5 (4) of the Optional Protocol, concerning communication No. 2247/2013*, ** Communication submitted by: Pavel Barkovsky (not represented by counsel) Alleged victim: The author State party: Belarus Date of communication: 20 June 2012 (initial submission) Document references: Decision taken pursuant to rule 97 of the Committee’s rules of procedure, transmitted to the State party on 11 June 2013 (not issued in document form) Date of adoption of Views: 13 July 2018 Subject matters: Inhumane conditions of detention; access to justice; effective remedy Procedural issues: Exhaustion of domestic remedies; State party’s failure to cooperate Substantive issues: Conditions of detention; effective remedy Articles of the Covenant: 2 (3) (a), 7, 10 (1) and 14 (1) Articles of the Optional Protocol: 2 and 5 (2) (b) 1. The author of the communication is Pavel Barkovsky, a national of Belarus born in 1978. He claims to be a victim of a violation by Belarus of his rights under articles 2 (3) (a), 7 and 14 (1) of the Covenant. The Optional Protocol entered into force for Belarus on 30 December 1992. The author is not represented by counsel. Facts as submitted by the author 2.1 On 19 December 2010, the author participated in a demonstration against the presidential elections in Belarus, which he claimed were unfair. At 11 p.m. on the same day, he was detained by the police and brought to a detention centre together with approximately twenty other persons. Upon arrival to the detention centre, all detainees were lined up facing the wall, and continued standing in that manner until 7 a.m. the following day — for * Adopted by the Committee at its 123rd session (2–27 July 2018). ** The following members of the Committee participated in the examination of the communication: Tania María Abdo Rocholl, Yadh Ben Achour, Ilze Brands Kehris, Sarah Cleveland, Olivier de Frouville, Christof Heyns, Ivana Jelić, Bamariam Koita, Marcia V.J. Kran, Mauro Politi, José Manuel Santos Pais, Yuval Shany and Margo Waterval. GE.18-13299(E) 

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