CCPR/C/130/D/2820/2016 United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Distr.: General 8 June 2021 Original: English Human Rights Committee Views adopted by the Committee under article 5 (4) of the Optional Protocol, concerning communication No. 2820/2016*, ** Communication submitted by: Mitko Vanchev (represented by counsel, Mihail Ekimdjiev) Alleged victim: The author State party: Bulgaria Date of communication: 27 October 2014 (initial submission) Document references: Decision taken pursuant to rule 92 of the Committee’s rules of procedure, transmitted to the State party on 22 December 2020 (not issued in document form) Date of adoption of Views: 6 November 2020 Subject matter: Lack of effective investigation of allegations of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment Procedural issues: Matter being examined under another procedure of international investigation or settlement; exhaustion of domestic remedies Substantive issues: Cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; right to a fair trial; right to an effective remedy Articles of the Covenant: 2 (3) (a), 7 and 14 (1) Articles of the Optional Protocol: 2, 3 and 5 (2) (a) and (b) 1. The author of the communication is Mitko Vanchev, a national of Bulgaria born on 1 June 1985. He claims that the State party has violated his rights under articles 7 and 14 (1) of the Covenant, read alone and in conjunction with article 2 (3) (a) of the Covenant. The Optional Protocol entered into force for Bulgaria on 26 June 1992. The author is represented by counsel. * Adopted by the Committee at its 130th session (12 October–6 November 2020). ** The following members of the Committee participated in the examination of the communication: Tania María Abdo Rocholl, Yadh Ben Achour, Arif Bulkan, Ahmed Amin Fathalla, Furuya Shuichi, Christoph Heyns, Bamariam Koita, David H. Moore, Photini Pazartzis, Hernán Quezada Cabrera, Vasilka Sancin, José Manuel Santos Pais, Yuval Shany, Hélène Tigroudja, Andreas Zimmermann and Gentian Zyberi. GE.21-07465(E)

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