Cape Verde receives ECOWAS members

Dan Kovalik, professor of human rights at the University of Pittsburgh

Daniel Kovalik, professor of HR, questions such nonsense, after from the island of Sal none of the decisions made by ECOWAS were taken into account.

DORAL, FLORIDA, USA, May 6, 2022 / — ECOWAS, whose Court of Justice was established in 1993, has moved from an initial focus on cross-border trade issues to include a prominent human rights mandate on the continent. The Tribunal itself has grown in stature and is now recognized as one of the most respected human rights tribunals in Africa and around the world.

The Court’s annual international conference, held this year under the theme “The Integration Model: The Legal Implications of Regionalism, Sovereignty and Supranationalism; will take place in Cape Verde from May 9 to 12 and is an important event, which offers the opportunity to know the role of the Court in legal cases that concern the highest entity. “This is particularly true with regard to the recognition given to the Court for its work in promoting human rights, which makes the selection of Cape Verde as the host country of the Conference more confusing and disappointing, according to the comments by Daniel Kovalik, professor of international human rights at the University of Pittsburgh.

Kovalik insists the Cape Verdean regime has frequently shown contempt for the Tribunal and openly flouted its attempts to subvert protocols for political convenience. Specifically, he explains, “the Cape Verdean regime’s actions in the case of Venezuela’s special envoy, Alex Saab, were motivated solely by the desire to do whatever was necessary to please the United States in their well-documented quest for political hegemony against Venezuela.”

Suffice it to say that, despite bizarre statements to the contrary, Cape Verde actively and fully participated in the judicial process that led the Tribunal to declare not once, but twice in 2021, that the detention of Alex Saab by the African country was “illegal, that he be released immediately and that the extradition procedure that was in progress against him be terminated”, explains the professor, who recalls that ECOWAS received a response of the Cape Verdean president after the forced expulsion of Saab to the United States: “We are a country with international commitments (sic)… We must give something in return for our participation in cooperative security.”

What seems most absurd to Kovalik, a Columbia University law graduate, is that offering Cape Verde an opportunity to brag about its self-proclaimed position as a “model African democracy” is tantamount to self-harm on the part of those who made the decision. hold the Conference in that country.

The professor argues that Cape Verde’s deliberate act of detaining a diplomat who is entitled to clear and unequivocal immunity and inviolability sets a dangerous precedent as it throws away centuries of international law “The attribution of the Conference in Cape Verde must be recognized as an error of judgment on the part of the ECOWAS Secretariat and the Tribunal must distance itself from the decision-making process that gave rise to it,” he concludes.

About Daniel Kovalik

Daniel Kovalik is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law and teaches international human rights law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Joe Marshall
Miami News Agency
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