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10 February 2010 by Bram Posthumus

An international legal drama is playing itself out in the Senegalese capital Dakar, against the backdrop of the Monument for the African Renaissance. Main characters in no specific order: Hissène Habré, former president of the central African state of Chad, Abdoulaye Wade, president of Senegal, the African Union, Belgium, lawyers and human rights groups. At issue: can an African state put a former head of another African state on trial for crimes against humanity?

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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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14 December 2010 by Reed Brody

Will the Chadian victims of Hissène Habré’s regime finally achieve justice? After a successful donors’ meeting to finance his trial in Dakar, and a curious legal decision by the ECOWAS calling for a special court to try the former dictator, the answer depends more than ever on the political will of Senegal, where Habré has lived since his fall 20 years ago.

Reed Brody