CCPR/C/120/D/2705/2015 United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Distr.: General 29 August 2017 Original: English Human Rights Committee Decision adopted by the Committee under the Optional Protocol, concerning communication No. 2705/2015*, ** Communication submitted by: D.S. Alleged victim: D.S. State party: Russian Federation Date of communication: 17 September 2015 (initial submission) Document references: Special Rapporteur’s rule 97 decision, transmitted to the State party on 16 December 2015 (not issued in document form) Date of adoption of decision: 14 July 2017 Subject matters: Torture; arbitrary arrest and detention; fair trial Procedural issues: Abuse of the right of submission; undue delay in submission; non-exhaustion of domestic remedies; substantiation of claims Substantive issues: Torture; arbitrary arrest and detention; fair trial Articles of the Covenant: 7, 9 (1), (2), (3) and (4), and 14 (1), (2), and (3) (b), (d), (e) and (g) Articles of the Optional Protocol: 2 and 3 1.1 The author of the communication is D.S., a national of the Russian Federation born in 1975. He claims that the Russian Federation violated his rights under articles 7, 9 (1), (2), (3) and (4), and 14 (1), (2) and (3) (b), (d), (e) and (g) of the Covenant. The author is not represented by counsel. 1.2 On 30 April 2016, the State party requested the Committee to consider admissibility of the communication separately from the merits. On 5 September, the Special Rapporteur on new communications and interim measures, acting on behalf of the Committee, granted the State party’s request. * Adopted by the Committee at its 120th session (3-28 July 2017). ** The following members of the Committee participated in the examination of the communication: Tania Abdo Rocholl, Yadh Ben Achour, Ilze Brands Kehris, Sarah Cleveland, Ahmed Amin Fathalla, Olivier de Frouville, Christof Heyns, Yuji Iwasawa, Bamarian Koita, Duncan Laki Muhumuza, Photini Pazartzis, Mauro Politi, José Manuel Santos Pais and Margo Waterval. GE.17-14936(E) 

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