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03 December 2007 by -

Read here the International Justice Tribune, No. 79

Table of content:

  • Sénégal: Pressions accrues pour le procès Habré
  • France: L’immunité pour Donald Rumsfeld
  • Tribunal pour les Khmers rouges: Levée de rideau sur les chambres
  • Tribunal pour l’ex-Yougoslavie: Série d’articles “bilans” & TPIY, une justice contre tous

Click here to download the IJT, No. 79

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03 December 2007 by -

Read here the International Justice Tribune, No. 79

Table of content:

  • Senegal: Heightened pressure for Habre’s trial
  • France: Immunity for Rumsfeld
  • Khmer Rouge trials in Cambodia: The curtain rises  on the extraordinary chambers
  • Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia: “Assessment” series & ICTY, justice against all

Click here to download the IJT, No. 79

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01 February 2011 by -

African Union heads of state and government called on January 31, 2011, for the “expeditious” start to the trial in Senegal of Chad’s former dictator, Hissène Habré.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

"The African Union has made clear that Hissene Habré needs to face justice soon," said Reed Brody of Human Rights Watch, who has been working with Habre’s victims for 12 years. "Survivors of Habré’s government’s cruel abuses have been fighting for 20 years for their day in court. It’s time for Senegal to stop this circus and heed their pleas."

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10 October 2005 by -

Belgium issued an international arrest warrant on September 19 for former Chadian president Hissène Habré, 63, for crimes against humanity and torture. The information was revealed two weeks later. The warrant was issued by Brussels-based examining magistrate Daniel Fransen and accompanied by a request for immediate arrest. It was sent via Interpol to authorities in Senegal, where Habré took refuge after being ousted in 1990 following an 8-year reign.

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21 November 2005 by -

Will former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré be extradited from Senegal to Belgium, which wants to try him? The criminal division of the Dakar appeals court heard Habré's testimony on November 18, three days after his arrest. It will render its decision on November 22. However, the Xinhua agency reports that doubts have been lingering ever since Senegalese president Abdulaye Wade told journalists on November 16, "I could not do anything [to extradite Habré+ without consulting my colleagues from the African Union." Some African Heads of State fear a domino effect.

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01 December 2010 by -

A West African regional court on November 19th ruled that Senegal cannot by itself try exiled former Chadian dictator Hissene Habré for crimes against humanity. The court said a special tribunal could be created.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

The prosecution should be carried out “according to international norms that in such situations allow the creation of ad-hoc or special jurisdictions to avoid impunity,” the Abuja-based Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) court said in a statement.

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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."

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10 July 2006 by -

Two weeks after letting former Liberian president Charles Taylor be transferred from Freetown to The Hague without a second thought [IJT-49], the African Union (AU) concluded during its summit meeting in Banjul on July 2, that an "African solution" should be used to try former president of Chad Hissène Habré. Based on recommendations from the committee of experts it set up in January, the AU decided that Senegal, the country where Habré has been living since 1990, was the best place to try him, despite the fact that the Senegalese court ruled that it did not have jurisdiction to do so.

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05 February 2007 by -

"To respect the rules... the rights of the accused as well as the rights of the victims, the inquiry will take time and Hissene Habre will not be judged for at least three years," Senegalese Foreign Minister Cheikh Tidiane Gadio told AFP following the African Union (AU) summit in Addis-Ababa January 29-30. Six months after the AU first asked Senegal to conduct this trial, Senegal's National Assembly nevertheless passed the necessary legislative reform on January 31.�

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03 December 2007 by -

The African Union, which in July 2006 mandated Senegal to try former Chadian president Hissène Habré *IJT-50+, has designated a special representative to speed up preparation of his trial, reported the Journal du dimanche website on November 22. It appointed Robert Dossou, former minister of foreign affairs and justice of Benin. In addition, on November 26, lawyers for the victims' families obtained an audience with the Senegalese government.

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