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On May 30, 2016, former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré was convicted of crimes against humanity, war crimes, and torture, including sexual violence and rape, by the Extraordinary African Chambers in the Senegalese court system and sentenced to life in…
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Armed groups in the Central African Republic have used rape and sexual slavery as a tactic of war across the country during nearly five years of conflict. Commanders have tolerated widespread sexual violence by their forces and, in some cases, appear to…
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Efforts to bring those responsible for atrocities in Syria before European courts are starting to bear fruit, notably in Swedish and German courts, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. While various authorities in Europe have opened…
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Armed groups in the Central African Republic have killed civilians with wholesale impunity, spurring more violence in the war-torn country. Human Rights Watch documented war crimes committed in three central provinces since late 2014, including more than…
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National Geographic and Human Rights Watch collaborate to tell the story of how a country, that few people in the world even knew existed, unravelled. Crisis in the Central African Republic. Inside a civil war most people have never heard of…
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Armed groups in the Central African Republic have occupied, looted, and damaged school buildings, preventing children from getting an education.  The 31-page report, “No Class: When Armed Groups Use Schools in the Central African Republic,”…
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A rebel group in the Central African Republic executed at least 32 civilians and captured fighters after clashes in December 2016 with another rebel group in the Ouaka province. In the town of Bakala, rebels from the Union for Peace in the…
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A recently formed armed group called “Return, Reclamation, Rehabilitation,” or 3R, has killed civilians, raped, and caused largescale displacement over the past year in northwest Central African Republic. United Nations peacekeepers in the area have been…
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Seleka rebels killed at least 37 civilians, wounded 57, and forced thousands to flee when they razed a camp for displaced people in the Central African Republic on October 12, 2016. United Nations peacekeepers deployed outside the camp in the town of Kaga…
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The former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré's trial is taking place in Senegal. Habré’s trial, which began on July 20, 2015, was the first in the world in which the courts of one country prosecuted the former ruler of another for alleged human rights crimes…
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Five days of sectarian violence that gripped Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, between September 25 and October 1, 2015, led to at least 31 targeted killings of civilians. Based on interviews in Bangui, between October 7 and 13,…
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(Dakar, July 24, 2015) – Human Rights Watch today released a short [video], “Act 1 of the Hissène Habré trial”  with clips of the first two days of the trial of the former dictator of Chad, Hissène Habré, in Dakar, Senegal.  The video shows…
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The trial of Chad’s former dictator Hissène Habré is a victory for the victims of his government. The trial will begin on July 20, 2015, almost 25 years after he was overthrown.  “The opening of Hissène Habré’s trial, 25 years after he fled Chad, is a…
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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. Habré is accused of thousands of political killings and systematic torture during his presidency, from…
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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. Habré is accused of thousands of political killings and systematic torture during his presidency, from…
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Since September 2008, at least 2,000 civilians have been killed and nearly 3,000 others have been abducted during attacks by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). In this feature, victims of this rebel group call upon US President Barack Obama for urgent and…