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Legal News
6 days ago
by William Helbling

The Extraordinary African Chambers [official website] in Senegal on Wednesday suspended the trial of former Chadian leader Hissène Habré [BBC profile] on charges of crimes against humanity, torture and war crimes.The suspension of the trial is reportedly [AFP report] due to the need for court appointed attorneys to prepare Habré's … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jul 2015
by Brittany Felder

The Extraordinary African Chambers [official website] in Senegal on Monday began the trial of former Chadian leader Hissène Habré [BBC profile] on charges of crimes against humanity, torture and war crimes. Habré, who ruled Chad from 1982-1990, denies the charges calling the proceedings a "farce" [BBC report]. But human rights … [read more]


Professional Commentary
9 Jul 2015
by Geraldine Mattioli-Zeltner of International Justice Program at Human Rights Watch

JURIST Guest Columnist Geraldine Mattioli-Zeltner, the advocacy director of the International Justice Program at Human Rights Watch, discusses how a Special Criminal Court, created by the interim authorities of the Central African Republic, has the potential to strengthen the fight against impunity within the countries where the crimes took place... … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A criminal court in chad on Wednesday sentenced seven ex-police officers to life in prison for crimes committed during the rule of dictator Hissene Habré [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The former members of Habre's Directorate of Documentation and Security Directorate (DDS) were accused [JURIST report] of murder, torture, … [read more]


Legal News
23 Mar 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A special court in the Republic of Senegal [official website, in French] on Monday sentenced the son of former president Abdoulaye Wade [BBC profile] to six years in prison for corruption. Karim Wade was on trial on charges of corruption [JURIST report] and embezzlement of approximately USD $238 million.The … [read more]


Legal News
17 Mar 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Authorities in the Republic of Senegal [official website, in French] arrested Amadou Sall on Monday, a lawyer for ex-government official Karim Wade who is facing corruption charges. It is believed Sall was arrested [AP report] for remarks he made at a recent political event. Wade is awaiting a verdict … [read more]


Legal News
10 Nov 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday called [text] for the trial of 26 former state security agents of Chad dictator Hissene Habre [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to be carried out in a "fair and transparent manner." The defendants are accused of murder, torture, kidnapping, arbitrary detention, … [read more]


Legal News
12 Aug 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The UN Human rights Council [official website] on Monday appointed [press release] three experts to an international commission of inquiry to investigate alleged international humanitarian and human rights law violations committed by both Israelis and Palestinians during the recent conflict in the Gaza Strip. The goal of the commission … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jun 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) [advocacy website] filed a criminal complaint in Senegal Wednesday against former Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] police officer Paul Mwilambwe for his alleged involvement in the slaying of DRC human rights activists Floribert Chebeya [BBC report; JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
7 Nov 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] ruled [judgment] Thursday that gay people who live in African countries where they could be persecuted for their sexuality have grounds for asylum in the EU. The decision came after the Netherlands asked the ECJ for advice regarding three Sierra Leone, … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jul 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] More than 1,000 victims of former Chad dictator Hissene Habre [BBC profile] filed for civil party status on Thursday, asking the Extraordinary African Chambers of Senegal [IJRC summary] to offcially recognize them as parties with an interest in the matter. Led by Jacqueline Moudeina [Right Livelihood profile], a human … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jul 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] Chad's ex-President Hissene Habre [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was charged by Senegalese prosecutors on Monday with war crimes, torture and crimes against humanity. Habre will appear before the Extraordinary African Chambers [statute, in French], a special court set up in Senegal to investigate the allegations against him, and … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jul 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Senegalese police on Sunday detained former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Habre has been under house arrest in Senegal since 2005. Senegal and the African Union (AU) [official website] signed an agreement [JURIST report] in December to set up the Extraordinary African Chambers [statute, in … [read more]


Legal News
17 May 2013
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The Chad public prosecutor's office announced on Wednesday that it has arrested Mahamat Djibrine, a former political police chief suspected of torture and hundreds of politically motivated killings in the 1980s. Djibrine was in charge of the Directorate of Documentation and Service (DDS) political police under then-president Hissene Habre … [read more]


Legal News
6 May 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Senegal Justice Minister Aminate Toure and Chadian Justice Minister Jean-Bernard Badare signed an agreement Friday allowing Senegalese judges to carry out investigations in Chad in preparation for the prosecution of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The agreement [UPI report] allows for Senegalese judges to … [read more]


Legal News
18 Apr 2013
by Sydney Normil

[JURIST] Senegalese prosecutors have charged Karim Wade, the son of Senegal's former president Abdoulaye Wade [BBC profile], with corruption for allegedly embezzling USD $1.4 billion during his father's years in office. The corruption claim centers on Wade's acquisition of real estate and foreign companies, including Dubai Port World [corporate website], … [read more]


Academic Commentary
11 Feb 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of the Ave Maria School of Law says says the US must pursue a full spectrum of "smart power" capabilities in Africa, to include but not be limited to the use of drones for surveillance or targeted killing strikes...The ongoing crises in Algeria and Mali … [read more]


Legal News
8 Feb 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Senegal's newly-created Extraordinary African Chambers officially opened on Friday to prepare for the prosecution of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre [BBC backgrounder]. Senegal's national assembly adopted a law in December allowing for the creation of the special tribunal [JURIST report] with the support of the African Union (AU) [official … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jan 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Human rights group Freedom House [advocacy website] released a report [text, PDF] on Wednesday detailing the state of democracy in the world. The report tracks improvements and declines in the levels of democracy in governments. While Freedom House reports that 26 countries experienced overall declines in freedom while only … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jan 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre [BBC backgrounder] will stand trial next month for alleged crimes against humanity, Senegal's Justice Minister Aminata Toure confirmed Tuesday. Senegal's national assembly adopted a law in December allowing Senegal to create a special tribunal [JURIST report] with the African Union (AU) [official website], which … [read more]

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