South African President Jacob Zuma and Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir at a press conference in Sudan in July 2008 (Photo: Flickr/GovernmentZA)
17 June 2015 by Stephanie van den Berg, The Hague (The Netherlands)

The six-year cat-and-mouse game between Omar al-Bashir and the International Criminal Court continues. On Monday, the Sudanese president fled Johannesburg, where he was attending an African Union summit, despite a Pretoria court order for him to stay in the country while local judges ruled on if he should be arrested and extradited to The Hague.

Victims' widows and survivors thank lawyers after a court's March 2015 sentence against Habré's agents (Photo: Twitter/@HenriThulliez)
17 June 2015

In IJT 184, veteran war crimes tribunal journalist and former IJT editor Thierry Cruvellier analyzes the significance of Chadian ex-dictator Hissène Habré's upcoming trial at the Extraordinary African Chambers.

Other features:

  • There's a new start date for the retrial of former Guatemalan dictator Ríos Montt
  • Scholars say it's time for a crimes against humanity convention
  • Complementarity remains a guessing game at the International Criminal Court

News brief:

Sudan's President Bashir gets away again but who looks worse: the ICC or South Africa?

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."

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.

13 March 2006 by -

Brought to the highest level of African political decision-making by the president of Senegal, the Hissène Habré affair was the subject of an African Union resolution, adopted on January 24 at the Khartoum summit. The African Union had to choose between trying Chad's former dictator in Africa or recognizing an international arrest warrant issued by Belgium last fall [IJT-35]. It decided to set up a "committee of eminent jurists" to "examine every aspect and implication of the Hissène Habré case, as well as the possible options for his trial," by July.

30 June 2010 by Tajeldin Adam

Two Darfur rebel commanders appeared before the International Criminal Court’s pre-trial chamber in The Hague on June 17th, charged in connection with a deadly attack in 2007 on an African Union peacekeeping mission (AMIS) that killed 12 and wounded eight others in the village of Haskanita in Darfur.

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