Donors to meet to fund Hissène Habré trial

17 November 2010 by -

Donor countries will meet in Dakar to collect funds for the trial Hissène Habré, the African Union (AU) announced on Monday. Human Rights Watch says the meeting is a potential turning point "in a long campaign to bring the former Chadian dictator to justice."

Donor countries will meet in Dakar to collect funds for the trial Hissène Habré, the African Union (AU) announced on Monday. Human Rights Watch says the meeting is a potential turning point "in a long campaign to bring the former Chadian dictator to justice."

In 2006, the AU had mandated Senegal to prosecute and try Habré for crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture on behalf of Africa. But procedings against the exiled dictator have been held up for years due to Senegal's insistence on full up-front international funding. Dakar has said that it will begin pretrial proceedings once it receives the funding.

The upcoming meeting is expected to result in pledges to match the US$11.7 million (€8.59 million) budget presented by the AU and the European Union. The Senegalese government has said that it will begin pretrial proceedings once it receives the funding.

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