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Africa News of Thursday, 17 June 2021

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Comply with UN Human Rights Committee's directive on Alex Saab - American jurists to Cabo Verde

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The American Association of Jurists has added its voice to calls on Cabo Verde to immediately comply with the directive of the UN Human Rights Committee regarding the detention and planned extradition of Venezuela's Alex Saab.

The UN Human Rights Committee last week in a letter to Cabo Verde directed it to suspend any extradition process of Venezuelan businessman and diplomat, Alex Saab and also ensure that he has access to a physician of his choice to receive medical help.

The directive from the UN Human Rights Committee was based on a submission it received on the ensuing case.

The association said a failure to comply with the directive will imply a renunciation of adherence to human rights and rule of law that are championed by the global body.

In a letter served on Cabo Verde's permanent mission to the United Nations, the American Association of Jurists, which is an NGO in consultative status with the United Nations said the directives are clear enough and Cabo Verde should endeavour to comply without hesitation.

"We urge Cape Verde to respect this order to refrain from extraditing Mr. Alex Nain Saab Moran to the United States of America while his case is under consideration by the Committee as well as ensuring access to appropriate health care according to the 8 June 2021 Decision," a part of the letter reads.

According to the American Association of Jurists, Cabo Verde being a member of the UN, party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and to the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights is obliged to comply with the directives of the United Nations Human Rights Committee which is in charge of the supervision of the human rights treaty.

It reminded Cabo Verde's permanent mission to the UN that, failing to comply with the directive will be a serious breach of the country's obligations under the Optional Protocol and as such undermines the protection of Covenant rights through the Optional Protocol.

"The refusal by Cape Verde to comply with its international obligations would have serious, structural, and long-lasting diplomatic, economic, political, and legal consequences for Cape Verde. By refusing or ignoring the interim measures, Cape Verde would be following the path of Belarus and confirming its desire to definitively renounce adherence to human rights and the rule of law," the association stated.