Senegal Begins Trial of Former Chadian President Habré

Washington

In response to the opening of the trial in Senegal of former Chadian president Hissène Habré for crimes against humanity committed during his presidency, from 1982 to 1990, Freedom House issued the following statement: 

“We note the start  of Habré’s trial in Senegal with both sadness and optimism,” said Maïté Hostetter, senior program officer for Africa. “We are reminded of the victims who suffered at the hands of Habré’s brutal regime and the long-awaited justice that they all deserve.  The trial also marks a moment in history in which African states are seeking justice through domestic courts, sending a clear message to authoritarian leaders that abuse of power will not be tolerated.” 
 
Background:
For information about the trial and Senegal’s unique pursuit of justice, see “Experiment in Accountability: the Case of Senegal.” 

Senegal is rated Free in Freedom in the World 2015 and Partly Free Freedom of the Press 2015. Chad is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2015 and Freedom of the Press 2015
 

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