“The Special Rapporteur also expresses concern about the request for the extradition of Venezuelan Ambassador Alex Saab, appointed by the United States in 2019, arrested during the refueling of his plane in Cape Verde and detained since then, despite the flagrant violation of diplomatic immunities and without any clear charges, and ignoring repeated requests for his release by international bodies and institutions. ”
The United Nations has warned Cape Verde: the torture, arbitrary detention and violations inflicted on Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab must stop, and the government has been asked to explain itself. The situation is serious, the violations are grave, the government of Cape Verde is exposed and presented to the international community as a rogue state, a human rights violator suspected of serious and persistent violations.
The government of Cape Verde is severely criticized by the United Nations for the serious and persistent violations against Ambassador Alex Saab, arbitrarily arrested and detained in Cape Verde since June 12, 2020, in the framework of an “arbitrary” extradition procedure, instrumentalized by the United States of America. The United Nations expresses its “deep concern at the allegations of arbitrary arrest, detention and extradition proceedings against Ambassador Saab”.
In an unprecedented letter sent to the government of Cape Verde on July 19, 2021, which the United Nations has just made public, a large group of independent UN experts expressed alarm over the fate of Ambassador Alex Saab at the hands of Cape Verde. Green authorities, suspected of torture, inhuman and degrading treatment, arbitrary arrests and detentions, among other human rights violations.
The gravity of the situation is reflected in the fact that no less than four UN special rapporteurs and a working group were the authors of the letter and, together, notified Cape Verde that it must cease and desist from the violations suffered by Alex Saab. These UN bodies are:
– The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention;
– The Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health;
– The Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers;
– The Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment;
– and the Special Rapporteur on the negative effects of torture on the human rights of women on the negative effects of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights.
According to the UN experts, prima facie, “the situation of the highest authorities of Cape Verde would violate, in a serious, rampant and prolonged manner, the commitments.