Press release

Life Sentence of former Chadian Ruler Marks Victory for Accountability

Former Chadian ruler Hissene Habre has been convicted of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in Senegal backed by the African Union.


In response to a special court in Senegal backed by the African Union convicting former Chadian ruler Hissene Habre of crimes against humanity and sentencing him to life imprisonment, Freedom House issued the following statement: 
"The court’s verdict is a huge victory for human rights and the rights of victims throughout Africa," said Vukasin Petrovic, director for Africa programs. "By pursuing Hissene Habre on African soil, the nation of Senegal, with the support of the African Union, is setting a new standard of accountability for heads of state and other senior officials who ignore fundamental human rights and yet have avoided prosecution for crimes committed in power. Wrong-doers, no matter their status, can no longer count on other leaders protecting them.”