The United Nations (UN) has ordered the government of Cape Verde to suspend the extradition of Special Ambassador Alex Saab to the United States.

Here is the communiqué sent by the UN to Cape Verde where it orders to suspend the extradition of the Venezuelan ambassador Alex Saab, who is illegally detained on the island:

HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE

INDIVIDUAL COMMUNICATIONS PROCEDURE UNDER THE OPTIONAL PROTOCOL

June 8, 2021

Dear Sir,

We have the honor to inform you that your communication dated 7 June 2021, which you submitted to the Human Rights Committee for consideration under the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights on behalf of Mr. Alex Nain Saab Moran, has been registered as communication No. 3953/2021. Please refer to this registration number in any future correspondence. You are also invited to address any future correspondence to the Urgent Action and Petitions Section of the Human Rights Treaty Bodies Branch of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the following e-mail address: [email protected]

Provisional Measures
In accordance with rule 94 of the Committee’s rules of procedure, the State party has been requested to refrain from extraditing Mr. Alex Nain Saab Moran to the United States of America while his case is under consideration by the Committee or until further notice. The State party has further been requested to take all necessary measures to ensure the author’s access to adequate medical care, preferably by independent and specialized doctors of his choice. This request is made on the basis of the information contained in the author’s communication. The Committee may review its decision on the basis of the information provided by the State party and the author.

Registration of the case
Pursuant to rule 92 of the Committee’s rules of procedure, a copy of the communication has been transmitted to the State party today, with a request that any information or observations on the issue of admissibility and merits of his communication reach the Committee no later than 8 February 2022. Any response from the State party will be communicated to you in due course so that you may comment on it, if you so wish. Please note that all deadlines for comments have been extended by 2 months in light of the spread of COVID-19. The State Party has therefore been granted an exceptional period of 8 months.

Please note that the final decisions adopted by the Human Rights Committee are made public. Therefore, if the complainant wishes his or her identity not to be disclosed in the final decision, please indicate this as soon as possible. Please note that, due to the level of publicity that the Committee’s decisions usually receive (including dissemination via the Internet, which makes correction and/or deletion of data circulated online virtually impossible), it may not be possible to comply with requests for anonymity submitted after the publication of the Committee’s decision. The Committee will not be liable to the author in any way for any inconvenience that may arise from the author’s failure to notify the Committee in a timely manner of his or her decision not to release his or her name to the general public.

For information, a copy of the Committee’s rules of procedure is attached hereto.

Always at your disposal,

Helene Tigroudja Arif Bulkan

Special Rapporteurs of the Human Rights Committee on new communications and interim measures.