United Nations

Convention on the Rights
of Persons with Disabilities

Distr.: General
30 October 2018
Original: English

Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Views adopted by the Committee under article 5 of the Optional
Protocol, concerning communication No. 23/2014*, **
Communication submitted by:

Y (represented by counsel who has requested

Alleged victim:

The author

State party:

United Republic of Tanzania

Date of communication:

23 June 2014 (initial submission)

Document references:

Decision taken pursuant to rule 70 of the
Committee’s rules of procedure, transmitted to
the State party on 24 July 2014 (not issued in
document form)

Date of adoption of Views:

31 August 2018

Subject matters:

Torture, inhuman and degrading treatment;
discrimination against a person with albinism

Procedural issues:

Admissibility — exhaustion of domestic
remedies; competence ratione materiae

Substantive issues:

Albinism; discrimination based on disability;
torture, inhuman and degrading treatment;
violation of the right to respect for intellectual
and mental integrity

Articles of the Convention:

1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 24

Article of the Optional Protocol:


The author of the communication is Y, a national of the United Republic of
Tanzania with albinism born in 1999. He is represented by A.P. 1 The author claims to be a
victim of violations by the State party of his rights under articles 4, 5, 7, 8, 14, 15, 16, 17
and 24 of the Convention. The United Republic of Tanzania ratified the Optional Protocol
to the Convention on 10 November 2009.
On 23 September 2014, the State party submitted its observations on the
admissibility of the present communication, requesting that the admissibility and the merits

* Adopted by the Committee at its twentieth session (27 August–21 September 2018).
** The following members of the Committee participated in the examination of the communication:


Ahmad Al-Saif, Monthian Buntan, Imed Eddine Chaker, Theresia Degener, Jun Ishikawa, Samuel
Njuguna Kabue, Hyung Shik Kim, Stig Langvad, Robert George Martin, Martin Babu Mwesigwa,
Coomaravel Pyaneandee, Jonas Ruskus, Damjan Tatić and Liang You.
Both the author and his counsel have requested anonymity.



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