United Nations

International Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights

Distr.: General
4 September 2018
Original: English

Human Rights Committee

Views adopted by the Committee under article 5 (4) of
the Optional Protocol, concerning communication No.
2658/2015*, **
Communication submitted by:

Gyan Devi Bolakhe (represented by counsels,
Mandira Sharma, of Advocacy Forum Nepal, and
Sarah Fulton, of REDRESS)

Alleged victims:

The author, Hari Prasad Bolakhe (the author’s
deceased husband), Sajana Bolakhe, Kalasha
Bolakhe, Barsha Bolakhe and Santosh Bolakhe
(their children), Pushpa Prasad Bolakhe and Lila
Kumara Bolakhe (the author’s parents-in-law)

State party:


Date of communication:

14 November 2014 (initial submission)

Document references:

Decision taken pursuant to rule 97 of the
Committee’s rules of procedure, transmitted to
the State party on 22 October 2015 (not issued in
document form)

Date of adoption of Views:

19 July 2018

Subject matters:

Enforced disappearance; right to life

Procedural issue:

Exhaustion of domestic remedies

Substantive issues:

Right to life; prohibition of torture or cruel and
inhuman treatment; right to liberty and security
of person; respect for the inherent dignity of the
human person; recognition as a person before the
law; right to an effective remedy

Articles of the Covenant:

6, 7, 9, 10, 16 and 17, alone and read in
conjunction with 2 (3)

Articles of the Optional Protocol:

2 and 5 (2) (b)

* Adopted by the Committee at its 123rd session (2–27 July 2018).

** The following members of the Committee participated in the examination of the present
communication: Tania María Abdo Rocholl, Yadh Ben Achour, Ilze Brands Kehris, Sarah Cleveland,
Ahmed Amin Fathalla, Olivier de Frouville, Christof Heyns, Bamariam Koita, Marcia V.J. Kran,
Duncan Laki Muhumuza, Mauro Politi, José Manuel Santos Pais, Yuval Shany and Margo Waterval.



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