21 July 1986

 

Communication No. 210/1986

 
     

human rights committee

  Twenty-Eighth Session [FN1]  
  7-25 July 1986  
     
     

X.

 

v.

s.

     
     
 

DECISION

 
     
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BEFORE: CHAIRMAN: Mr. Andreas Mavrommatis (Cyprus)
VICE-CHAIRMEN: Mr. Birane N’Diaye (Senegal); Mr. Julio Prado Vallejo (Ecuador); Mr. Christian Tomuschat (Federal Republic of Germany)
RAPPORTEUR: Mr. Bernhard Graefrath (German Democratic Republic)
MEMBERS: Mr. Andres Aguilar (Venezuela), Mr. Nejib Bouziri (Tunisia), Mr. Joseph A. L. Cooray (Sri Lanka), Mr. Vojin Dimitrijevic (Yugoslavia), Mr. Roger Errera (France), Mrs. Rosalyn Higgins (United Kingdom), Mr. Rajsoomer Lallah (Mauritius), Mr. Anatoly P. Movchan (Soviet Union), Mr. Torkel Opsahl (Norway), Mr. Fausto Pocar (Italy), Mr. Alejandro Serrano Caldera (Nicaragua), Mr. S. Amos Wako (Kenya), Mr. Adam Zielinski (Poland)

 
All the members attended the 28th Session.

   
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Citation: X. v. S., Comm. 210/1986, U.N. Doc. CCPR/C/OP/2, at 3 (HRC 1986)
Publications: Office of the U.N. High Comm'r for Human Rights, Selected Decisions of the Human Rights Committee under the Optional Protocol, Vol. II, at 3, U.N. Doc. CCPR/C/OP/2, U.N. Sales No. E.89.XIV.1 (1990)
 
     
 
 
     
 

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[FN1] Not previously published in the annual report of the Human Rights Committee.

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The Human Rights Committee,

 

Noting that the communication is submitted by a person under sentence of death,

 

Noting further the author's allegation that the Privy Council of S will no longer grant stays of execution to anyone whose time for filing papers for the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London has expired, and his expressed concern that a change from the earlier policy, allowing persons under death sentence to appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council after the time-limit for so doing has expired, may result in a warrant for his execution to be issued without further notice,

 

Wishing to be sufficiently informed about the relevant legislative provisions and orders in council concerning appeals procedures and implementation of death sentences in S before considering further the question of the admissibility of the present communication,

 

Relying on the willingness of the Government of S to co-operate with the Committee at this early stage in the consideration of the subject-matter,

 

Decides:

 

1.         To request the State party, under rule 86 of the Committee's provisional rules of procedure, not to carry out the death sentence against the author, before the Committee, in the light of the State party's reply to the present decision, has had the opportunity to consider further at its next session, scheduled, at this time, to be held from 23 March to 10 April 1987, the question of admissibility of the present communication;

 

2.         To transmit the communication to the State party under rule 91 of its provisional rules of procedure and to request the State party (a ) to clarify whether persons sentenced to death have a right of appeal to the Privy Council in London or whether they must first apply for leave to appeal; (b ) to clarify whether there is a statutory time-limit for filing such appeals or for seeking leave to so appeal; (c ) to furnish the Committee with the text of the relevant legislative provisions and orders in council concerning appeals to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council; (d ) to clarify whether appeal to the Privy Council constitutes a first or second appeal in this instance; (e ) to inform the Committee whether the author has, in fact, been allowed to appeal to the Privy Council in London; and (f ) to inform the Committee whether persons sentenced to death may seek pardon or commutation of sentence up to the time of execution or whether there is a time-limit for applying for clemency;

 

3.         To request the State party to provide the information sought not later than 10 December 1986;

 

4.         That any reply received from the State party be communicated, for information, to the author of the communication or to his legal counsel, as may be indicated by him;

 

5.         That this decision be communicated to the State party and to the author of the communication and his legal counsel.

 
     

 

 

 

   

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