United Nations

International Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights

Distr.: General
17 November 2014
Original: English

Human Rights Committee

Communication No. 1968/2010
Views adopted by the Committee at its 112th session
(7–31 October 2014)
Submitted by:

Bronson Blessington and Matthew Elliot
(represented by Human Rights Law Centre)

Alleged victim:

The authors

State party:


Date of communication:

14 April 2010 (initial submission)

Document reference:

Special Rapporteur’s rule 97 decision,
transmitted to the State party on 12 August 2010
(not issued in document form)

Date of adoption of Views:

22 October 2014

Subject matter:

Imposition of life sentence on juveniles

Substantive issues:

Cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment;
essential aims of the penitentiary system;
retroactive application of penal legislation;
right of minors to protection

Procedural issues:


Articles of the Covenant:

7; 10 (para. 3); 15 (para. 1); 24 (para. 1)

Article of the Optional Protocol:


GE.14-22206 (E)


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