ICCPR Case Digest




Submission: 2014.03.27

View Adopted: 2017.03.17

Ulyana Zakharenko and Elena Zakharenko v. Belarus

Substantive Issues
  • Arbitrary detention
  • Lack of proper investigation
  • Right to life
  • Torture / ill-treatment
Relevant Articles
  • Article 10
  • Article 2.3
  • Article 26
  • Article 6
  • Article 7
  • Article 9


The Committee considers that the authors’ claims are sufficiently substantiated for purposes of admissibility, and therefore proceeds with their consideration on the merits. 


In accordance with article 2(3) (a) of the Covenant, the State party is under an obligation to provide the authors with an effective remedy. This requires it to make full reparation to individuals whose Covenant rights have been violated. Accordingly, the State party is obligated, inter alia, to: (a) conduct a thorough and effective investigation into the authors’ allegations and provide adequate information about the results of its inquiries; and if confirmed, (b) prosecute, try and punish the perpetrators, (c), and provide adequate compensation to the authors for the violations suffered. The State party is also under an obligation to take all necessary steps to prevent the occurrence of similar violations in the future. 

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