UN HRC registers complaint by death convict’s mother
The UN Human Rights Committee has registered an individual communication submitted by Volha Hrunova, the mother of Aliaksandr Hrunou, who was executed in 2014. The death convict’s mother appeals against a violation of her son’s right not to be subjected to cruel, inhuman, degrading treatment and the right to a fair trial. The case was registered under No. 2690/2015 and sent to the State party for comments on the merits.
On 11 November 2014, Volha Hrunova received a notification saying that her her son had been executed.
The death convict’s mother asked the court to disclose the exact time of execution and the burial place, but her request was rejected. All attempts to challenge the denial were not a success.
At the same time, Ms. Hrunova wrote to the Constitutional Court asking to check for compliance of Articles 7 and 25 of the Constitution with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well as Article 175 of the Criminal Executive Code, which prohibits to disclose the place of burial of executed people. Representatives of President’s Administration told the woman that the ban is linked to the need to ensure public order and protect morals, because the information about the place of burial can cause negative effects.
Another complaint on behalf of Aliaksandr Hrunou was registered by the Committee under the number 2375/2014. His interests and the interests of his mother have been represented by a representative of the campaign "Human Rights Defenders against the Death Penalty in Belarus", Leanid Sudalenka.