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."