On Wednesday, UN Special Rapporteur Alena Douhan stressed that Ambassador Alex Saab must be released by the government of Cape Verde.
During her intervention at the forum “The negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the realization of the right to development”, the Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights, Alena Douhan stressed that diplomat Alex Saab must be released.

“I was one of these special rapporteurs who was there and asked for the release of Ambassador Alex Saab”, she indicated in this activity that was moderated by the Venezuelan Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) and other International Organizations based in Geneva, Héctor Constant Rosales.

UN Rapporteur asks for the release of Alex Saab

Alena Douhan assured that her office “is doing everything possible” and emphasized that “to continue with the communication is important”, pointing out that her office maintains contact in order to promote the end of the kidnapping to which the Venezuelan diplomat is subjected by the authorities of Cape Verde in the service of the Government of the United States.

Diplomat Alex Nain Saab Moran was kidnapped by the authorities of the African country when he was on his way to the Islamic Republic of Iran to carry out a humanitarian mission ordered by the President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro, in order to guarantee the acquisition of food, medicines and other supplies with the support of the Persian nation, which were scarce in Venezuela as a consequence of the unilateral coercive measures imposed by the US.

In this regard, Douhan emphasized that there should be no discussion whether unilateral coercive measures are legal or not because given the consequences and the stipulations of the UN Charter, “any unilateral activity is illegal and there is a definition with all the elements and that is that coercive and unilateral measures are illegal”.

This new call for the release of the Venezuelan diplomat by the rapporteur adds to previous pronouncements where she has emphasized the need for this measure, considering that applying US extraterritorial jurisdiction to companies, as well as forcing third States to comply with its dictates “is not justified under international law and increases the risks of causing adverse effects”.

Likewise, in its report on the impact of coercive and unilateral measures in Venezuela presented in February of this year, it held that these actions “violate the rights of agents to be represented by the Government of Venezuela on the basis of the principle of sovereign equality of States”.