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

Alleged victim:

The author

State party:


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

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)

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.


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