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U.N. Doc. CAT/C/14/D/6/1990

 Communication No. 6/1990


 12 November 1991



Seventh Session

11-21 November 1991






Decision on Admissibility



CHAIRMAN: Mr. Joseph Voyame (Switzerland)
VICE-CHAIRMEN: Mr. Alexis Dipanda Mouelle (Cameroon), Mr. Ricardo Gil Lavedra (Argentina), Mr. Dimitar N. Mikhailov (Bulgaria)
RAPPORTEUR: Mr. Peter Thomas Burns (Canada)
MEMBERS: Ms. Christine Chanet (France), Ms. Socorro Diaz Palacios (Mexico), Mr. Yuri A. Khitrin (Soviet Union), Mr. Antonio P. Perlas (Philippines), Mr. Bent Sorensen (Denmark)

All the members attended the seventh session of the Committee except Ms. Socorro Dias Palacios.

Applicant: I.U.P.
Respondent: Spain
Citation: H.U.P. v. Spain, Comm. 6/1990, U.N. Doc. A/47/44, at 81 (CAT 1991)
Publication: Report of the Comm. against Torture, U.N. GAOR, 47th Sess., Supp. No. 44, U.N. Doc. A/47/44, Annex V, at 81 (May 8, 1992)


The Committee against Torture, established under article 17 of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment,

Meeting on 12 November 1991,

Adopts the following:

Decision on Admissibility

1. The author of the communication is I. U. P., currently residing in France. She submits the communication on behalf of her brother, of the Basque separatist organization ETA, currently in detention in Spain. The brother claims to have been maltreated at the time of his arrest on 2 April 1990, to have been tortured by the guardia civil from 2 to 7 April 1990, and to be subjected to degrading treatment during his present detention.

2. Before considering any claims contained in a communication, the Committee against Torture must decide whether or not it is admissible under article 22 of the Convention.

3. Article 22, paragraph 5 (b), of the Convention precludes the Committee from considering any communication from an individual, unless it has ascertained that the individual has exhausted all available domestic remedies. The author herself concedes that an examining magistrate in Alcada-de-H�nar�s has recently ordered an investigation into the allegations of torture against her brother H. U. P. and that there has been no obstruction of justice in that respect. Accordingly, the Committee finds that the requirements of article 22, paragraph 5 (b), of the Convention have not been met.

4. The Committee therefore decides:

(a) That the communication is inadmissible;
(b) That this decision may be reviewed under rule 109 of the Committee's rules of procedure upon receipt of a written request by or on behalf of the alleged victim containing information to the effect that the reasons for inadmissibility no longer apply;
(c) That this decision shall be communicated to the author and, for information, to the State party.

[Done in English, French, Russian and Spanish, the English text being the original version.]

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