• Victims of former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré.
    The inauguration of a special court in Senegal marks a turning point in the long campaign to bring to justice the former dictator of Chad Hissène Habré.



  • Oct 22, 2014
    The Chadian government’s refusal to transfer two alleged accomplices of former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré to the special court in Senegal trying crimes during his rule will not prevent his trial. The Chadian government should try the two men and others accused of Habré-era crimes in Chad based on international standards.
  • May 20, 2014

    On July 2, 2013, Hissène Habré was charged with crimes against humanity, torture and war crimes and placed in pre-trial detention by the “Extraordinary African Chambers” in the courts of Senegal. The Chambers were inaugurated in February 2013 to prosecute the “person or persons” most responsible for international crimes committed in Chad between 1982 and 1990.  The Chambers’ investigating judges are now carrying out their investigation and, if they hold Habré over for trial, the trial is expected to begin in the first half of 2015.

    Habré has been living in exile in Senegal since he was overthrown in 1990. He was also wanted by Belgium on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and torture.

    The following questions and answers provide more information on the case and what lies ahead.

  • Feb 8, 2014

    Human Rights Watch's Alison Des Forges Award celebrates the valor of individuals who put their lives on the line to protect the dignity and rights of others. Human Rights Watch collaborates with these courageous activists to create a world in which people live free of violence, discrimination, and oppression.

  • Dec 31, 2013
    With the slaughter of civilians in Syria still horribly unrestrained, it is easy to be discouraged about human rights. There is, of course, every reason for outrage about Syria, and about the international community's narrow focus on peace talks, unlikely as they are to succeed anytime soon, without any comparable effort to stop the killing of civilians while the fighting continues. But there has been human rights progress in many areas in 2013. That is of obvious importance for the immediate beneficiaries, but it also should encourage efforts for progress on persistent abuses elsewhere. Here are a few of the human rights milestones of the past year.
  • Dec 12, 2013
    After years of perseverance from victims of Habré's violent rule, the case against the former dictator is finally gathering steam.
  • Dec 3, 2013

    The Chadian government of Hissène Habré was responsible for widespread political killings, systematic torture, thousands of arbitrary arrests, and the targeting of particular ethnic groups.

  • Nov 5, 2013
    The decision of the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on November 5, 2013, about the Hissène Habré trial averts a potential obstacle in the path to justice for the long suffering victims of his rule.
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