CCPR/C/132/D/2711/2015 United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Distr.: General 12 November 2021 Original: English Advance unedited version Human Rights Committee Views adopted by the Committee under the Optional Protocol, concerning communication No. 2711/2015*,** Communication submitted by: Olga Pichugina, represented by counsel, Roman Kisliak Alleged victim: The author State party: Belarus Date of communication: 6 March 2009 (initial submission) Document references: Decision taken pursuant to rule 92 of the Committee’s rules of procedure, transmitted to the State party on 23 December 2015 (not issued in document form) Date of adoption of Views: 7 July 2021 Subject matter: Inhuman and degrading treatment; conditions of detention Procedural issues: Ratione personae Substantive issues: Torture; cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; conditions of detention Articles of the Covenant: 2, 3, 7, 10 (1) and 14 (1) Article of the Optional Protocol: 3 1. The author of the communication is Ms. Olga Pichugina, a national of Poland born in 1962.1 She claims that the State party has violated her rights under articles 2, 3, 7, 10 (1) and 14 (1) of the Covenant. The Optional Protocol entered into force for the State party on 30 December 1992. The author is represented by counsel. The communication was initially submitted in 2009 but was not registered until 2015. The delay occurred due to shortcomings in supporting documents submitted by the author and shortage of staff at the Secretariat. The facts as submitted by the author 2.1 The author was travelling on a night train from Moscow to Warsaw when at 6:30 am on 20 April 2002, she was arrested in Brest, Belarus by a customs inspector for attempting * Adopted by the Committee at its 132nd session (28 June-23 July 2021). ** The following members of the Committee participated in the examination of the communication: Tania Abdo Rocholl, Wafaa Ashraf Moharram Bassim, Yadh Ben Achour, Arif Bulkan, Mahjoub El Haiba, Shuichi Furuya, Kobauyah Kpatcha Tchamdja, Carlos Gómez Martínez, Duncan Laki Muhumuza, Hernán Quezada, Vasilka Sancin, José Manuel Santos Pais, , Hélène Tigroudja, Imeru Tamerat Yigezu, and Gentian Zyberi. 1 Also see Pichugina v. Belarus (CCPR/C/108/D/1592/2007).