United Nations

International Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights

Distr.: General
23 June 2017
Original: English

Human Rights Committee

Views adopted by the Committee under article 5 (4)
of the Optional Protocol, concerning communication
No. 2245/2013*, **
Submitted by:

Purna Maya (represented by Advocacy Forum,
Nepal and REDRESS)

Alleged victim:

The author

State party:


Date of communication:

19 December 2012

Document references:

Decision taken pursuant to rule 97 of the
Committee’s rules of procedure, transmitted to
the State party on 23 May 2013 (not issued in
document form)

Date of adoption of Views:

17 March 2017

Subject matter:

Sexual abuse of suspected Maoist supporter by
army officers

Procedural issues:

Exhaustion of domestic remedies

Substantive issues:

Cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment;
arbitrary arrest and detention; discrimination on
the grounds of sex; effective remedies

Articles of the Covenant:

2 (1) and (3), 3, 7, 9, 10 (1) and 26

Articles of the Optional Protocol:

5 (2) (b)

The author of the communication is Purna Maya,1 a national of Nepal born in 1969.
She claims to be victim of a violation of articles 2 (1) and (3), 3, 7, 9, 10 (1) and 26 of the
Covenant. The Optional Protocol entered into force for the State on 14 May 1991. The
author is represented by counsel.

* Adopted by the Committee at its 119th session (6-29 March 2017).
** The following members of the Committee participated in the examination of the communication:
Tania María Abdo Rocholl, Yadh Ben Achour, Ilze Brands Kehris, Sarah Cleveland, Ahmed Amin
Fathalla, Olivier de Frouville, Christof Heyns, Yuji Iwasawa, Bamariam Koita, Marcia V.J. Kran,
Duncan Laki Muhumuza, Photini Pazartzis, Mauro Politi, José Manuel Santos Pais, Anja SeibertFohr, Yuval Shany and Margo Waterval.


The text of an individual opinion by Committee member Anja Seibert-Fohr (concurring) is annexed to
the present Views.
The author is using a pseudonym for the present communication.



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