• Feb 12, 2013
  • In July 2006, the heads of state and governments of the African Union gave hope to the victims when they mandated Senegal “to prosecute and ensure that Hissène Habré is tried, on behalf of Africa, by a competent Senegalese court with guarantees for fair trial.” More than five years later, Senegal has yet to execute this mandate and has now informed the African Union that Habré will not be tried in Senegal. Today the most realistic option to avoid impunity for the mass crimes allegedly committed by Hissène Habré, and the option supported by Chad, is to extradite him for trial to Belgium. We call on the African Union to support this option so that the victims can finally obtain justice.

    Jan 17, 2012
  • Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Open Society Foundations, and World Vision write to President Obama regarding US implementation of the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008, and specifically, the failure of your administration to fulfill its pledge to secure concrete progress by the governments of Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), (South) Sudan, and Yemen in ending their use of children as soldiers.
    Apr 12, 2011
  • A group of NGOs, including Human Rights Watch, writes to express deep disappointment with President Obama's decision to grant blanket national interest waivers and allow all forms of US military assistance to Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Sudan, and Yemen, despite their continued use of child soldiers in violation of the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008 (Title IV of the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act).
    Nov 5, 2010
  • Human Rights Watch writes to the ambassadors of the member states on the UN Security Council to express grave concern about the consequences that any withdrawal of the peacekeeping force MINURCAT, as requested by the Government of Chad, could have on the protection and security of civilians, safeguards against human rights abuses, access to humanitarian assistance for refugees and displaced populations in eastern Chad, and security sector reform efforts.
    Feb 16, 2010
  • In advance of their summit in Libya, Human Rights Watch writes to AU Heads of State to ask them to address a few of Africa's most pressing human rights concerns - security in Somalia, accountability for crimes in Chad, and support for the International Criminal Court.
    Jun 25, 2009
  • Human Rights Watch urges Security Council ambassadors to use the open debate on June 26 to discuss ways in which the United Nations Security Council can more effectively ensure the protection of civilians in armed conflict.
    Jun 22, 2009
  • Human Rights Watch writes to Chairman of the African Union, Jean Ping, preceeding the AU summit. We urge more attention to be paid to the countries of Somalia, Guinea, Chad, the DRC, and Zimbabwe. A call for action is also included asking to assist Senegal in moving forward with proceedings for former President of Chad, Hissène Habré.
    Jan 22, 2009
  • As the Security Council's Working Group on children and armed conflict prepares to discuss Chad on September 5, we wish to highlight the deteriorating rights climate for children in Chad, and urge you specifically to press for the full implementation of the Working Group's previous conclusions of September 24, 2007 (S/AC.51/2007/16). The need to take concrete action is especially urgent as the conflict in Chad enters its fourth year and the use and recruitment of children persists with all armed forces and groups involved in these abuses.
    Sep 3, 2008
  • Human Rights Watch writes in advance of the Security Council’s mission to Africa on June 1-10, 2008, urging the Council to use this opportunity to address pressing human rights issues in Sudan, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia.
    May 27, 2008