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:


Alleged victim:


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

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.
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.



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