CCPR/C/112/D/1968/2010 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: Australia 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: None Articles of the Covenant: 7; 10 (para. 3); 15 (para. 1); 24 (para. 1) Article of the Optional Protocol: None GE.14-22206 (E) 

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