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International Inquiry Needed

(Accra) – The families of more than 50 Ghanaian and other West African migrants killed in Gambia and Senegal 15 years ago have yet to learn the full truth and obtain justice concerning the massacre, 11 human rights organizations said today. Amid…
Families of massacre victims, in Kumasi Ghana, April 2018.
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Four Years After Hissène Habré’s Conviction, African Union and Chad Fail Victims

(Dakar) – The victims of the former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré have yet to receive any reparations four years after his historic atrocity conviction in Senegal, human rights advocates said today. On May 30, 2016, Habré was convicted of…
Habre's victims, their lawyers and supporters demonstrate for reparations
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Hissène Habré’s Victims Seeking Reparations

(New York) – Human Rights Watch today released a new video “The Trial of Hissène Habré,” about the trial in Senegal of the former Chadian dictator. The video is being released as Habré’s victims step up their campaign to receive…
Families of Habré's victims demonstrate in Ndjaména
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Other Countries in Francophone Africa Should Follow Suit

When it comes to end-of-life care and pain treatment, Francophone Africa has a long way to go. But, Senegal is one country working to change this. A 2012 study found 16 of 22 countries in Francophone Africa have no healthcare…
During a morphine shortage, a cancer patient in Dakar cluthes onto the railing of her hospital bed because she is in pain and the medication she needs is unavailable.
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Other Countries Should Follow Mexico’s Lead

Ensuring good health care at the start of life is a longstanding goal for the global community, and major funding backs efforts to reduce maternal and child deaths. By contrast, health care at the end of life – a need almost as…
Doña Remedios and her daughter at the pharmacy of the National Cancer Institute in Mexico City, Mexico on September 1, 2014 to fill a prescription for morphine. They have to travel for several hours to procure the medication because there are no hospitals
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Decision Brings to a Close 26-Year Struggle for Justice

(Nairobi) – The decision on April 27, 2017, by the Extraordinary African Chambers in Senegal to uphold the conviction of former Chadian President Hissène Habré vindicates the persistence of the victims’ struggle for justice and the…
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Opposition to Withdrawal by States

The African Union made headlines Tuesday for purportedly agreeing to mass withdrawal from the International Criminal Court. The reality is more complex. The decision by AU member states welcomes the announced withdrawals by South Africa,…
A general view shows the headquarters of the African Union (AU) building in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, January 29, 2017.
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Latest Move Shows Government’s Disregard for Victims

(Nairobi) – Burundi has taken a major step backward by officially withdrawing from the International Criminal Court, Human Rights Watch said today. Other African ICC members should distance themselves from Burundi’s withdrawal and affirm their support for…
Residents outside their houses in Nyakabiga, in the Burundian capital Bujumbura, look at the body of a man shot dead on December 11, 2015.
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Pushback Against AU Call for Withdrawal

The 27th African Union (AU) summit closed Monday evening without an AU call for immediate mass withdrawal from the International Criminal Court in the face of strong pushback from Nigeria, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Tunisia, and even ICC non-member Algeria,…
A general view shows delegates during the 26th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) at the AU headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, January 31, 2016.
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In landmark case, Hissène Habré found guilty of rape, war crimes, torture and crimes against humanity

(Dakar) – The conviction of Hissène Habré, the former president of Chad, for serious international crimes, is a vindication of the decades-long campaign waged by his victims, Human Rights Watch said today. Habré was convicted of torture, war crimes and…
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Updated Questions and Answers on Trial of Ex-Chad Dictator

(Dakar) – Human Rights Watch on May 3, 2016, issued an updated question-and-answer document about the trial in Senegal of the former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré. A verdict is scheduled for May 30, based on an announcement by the court at the end of the…
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Final Arguments, Decision Expected in Early 2016

(Dakar) – The last witness is scheduled to testify on December 15, 2015 in the landmark trial in Senegal of the former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré, Human Rights Watch said today. The lawyers’ closing statements are expected to take place late January…
Hissène Habré at trial
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The Senegalese justice minister, Sidiki Kaba, said yesterday in an interview that the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) is facing a “crisis of confidence” on the African continent because of its sole focus on Africa to date. As president of…
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Women Break 3-Decade Silence about Sexual Abuses

(Dakar) – Four women allegedly sent to the desert north of Chad in 1988 as sexual slaves for the army of the then-dictator, Hissène Habré, testified on October 19-22, 2015, that soldiers at the camp had repeatedly raped multiple women, Human Rights Watch…
Haoua Brahim testifies during the trial of the former dictator of Chad Hissène Habré in Senegal on October 21, 2015.
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Hissène Habré Trial to Resume

(Dakar, September 4, 2015) – The trial of the former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré on charges of crimes against humanity, war crimes, and torture will begin in earnest on September 7, 2015. When the landmark trial before the…
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Hissène Habré Accused of Crimes Against Humanity, War Crimes, Torture

(Dakar, July 17, 2015) – The trial of Chad’s former dictator Hissène Habré is a victory for the victims of his government. The trial began in Senegal on July 20, 2015, almost 25 years after he was overthrown.    …
Clement Abaifouta, Souleymane Guengueng and Abdourahmane Guèye, stand outside of the courthouse where the trial of Hissène Habré will be held, on July 13, 2015 in Dakar, Senegal. The trial is set to begin on July 20, 2015. © 2015 Human Rights Watch
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Modernized System for Prescribing Strong Medicines

(Mexico City) – Mexico’s introduction on June 15, 2015, of a new system for prescribing and dispensing strong prescription pain medicines will significantly improve health care for people with advanced illnesses, Human Rights Watch said today. …
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Juliette Binoche Narrates Documentary, Talking About Rose

(Paris, May 21, 2015) – A new short documentary narrated by the French actress Juliette Binoche shines a light on the upcoming trial of Hissène Habré, the former dictator of Chad, Human Rights Watch said today. “Talking about Rose” (“Parler de Rose”)…
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Former Chad Dictator Charged With Crimes Against Humanity

(Dakar) – The trial in Senegal of the former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré, set to begin July 20, 2015, will mark the culmination of a two-decade campaign for justice.  “It took 24 years, but justice has finally caught up with Hissène Habré,” said Reed…
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Updated Question and Answer Document

(Dakar, April 27, 2015) – Human Rights Watch on April 27 issued an updated questions and answers document about the upcoming trial in Senegal of the former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré. “The Hissène Habré trial shows that it is possible for…
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