Alena Douhan reiterates that diplomat Alex Saab must be released

In picture, UN Rapporteur Alena Douhan

This Wednesday, during her speech 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," he indicated in this activity that was moderated by the Venezuelan ambassador to the United Nations (UN) and other International Organizations with based in Geneva, Héctor Constant Rosales.  

Douhan assured that his office "we are doing everything possible" and stressed that "continuing with communication is important," noting that his office is in contact in order to promote the end of the kidnapping to which the Venezuelan diplomat is subjected by the authorities of Cape Verde at the service of the Government of the United States, refers a press release.

The diplomat Saab was kidnapped by the authorities of the African country when he was going to the Islamic Republic of Iran in order to fulfill a Humanitarian Mission ordered by the President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro, in order to guarantee the acquisition of food, medicine and other supplies with the support of the Persian nation, which were scarce in Venezuela as a result of the unilateral coercive measures imposed by the United States.  

In this regard, Douhan emphasized that there should be no discussion whether unilateral coercive measures are legal or not because, given the consequences and what is stipulated in 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 joins previous pronouncements where she has emphasized the need for this measure, considering that applying the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the US to companies, as well as forcing third States to comply with their dictates "It is not justified in international law and increases the risks of causing adverse effects."  

Likewise, in his report on the impact of coercive and unilateral measures in Venezuela presented in February of this year, he argued that these actions "violate the rights of the agents to be represented by the Government of Venezuela on the basis of the principle of sovereign equality of the states".

 

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