Chadian DDS under scrutiny

30 April 2014 by Nathalie Magnien, N'Djamena (Chad)

Twenty three years after the fall of the former Chadian president Hissène Habré, there are some concrete moves towards justice. But there is also uncertainty about whether the thousands of people who suffered under his rule will receive satisfaction, compensation or answers.

Twenty eight persons suspected to have been in the ranks of Habré’s regime “political police” – the Directorate of Documentation and Security (DDS) – were arrested last year. But 3 were temporary released, discreetly, at the beginning of this year – officially, for health reasons. And questions have been raised about which jurisdiction will conduct the trials.

For Clément Abaïfouta, president of the Association of Victims of Crimes of Hissène Habré’s Regime, these releases are just not right: this is “impunity which does not say its name”. He continues, “we are confronted with delaying tactics and there is a big difference between the official speech and the reality. After nearly a year the procedure seems to have come to an halt. And why, after all this time, have the authorities not recognized a special status for Habré’s victims ?” 

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