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Legal News
23 Jul 2015
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]


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
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
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
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 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]


Legal News
20 Dec 2012
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] Senegal's national assembly adopted a law on Wednesday that will allow Senegal to create a special tribunal to try Chad's former dictator Hissene Habre [BBC backgrounder]. The law allows Senegal President Macky Sall to ratifying an accord [JURIST report] made in August with the African Union (AU) [official website] … [read more]


Legal News
23 Aug 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The African Union (AU) [official website, English] and the government of Senegal on Wednesday signed an agreement creating a special tribunal in Dakar to try 69-year-old ex-Chadian dictator Hissene Habre [JURIST news archive] for killing and torturing thousands of political opponents during his reign from 1982 to 1990. The … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jul 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] The African Union (AU) [official website, English] and the government of Senegal agreed [HRW report] on Tuesday to create a special court to try ex-Chadian dictator Hissene Habre [JURIST news archive] for killing and torturing thousands of political opponents during his reign from 1982-1990. Habre has been living in … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jul 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Friday that Senegal must promptly either put on trial or extradite to Belgium Chadian ex-president Hissene Habre [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The court's legally binding order also noted that Senegal had failed to make serious efforts to … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The new Senegalese government should take this opportunity to protect and promote human rights by addressing the impunity that undermines the judicial system and rule of law in the country, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said on Wednesday. In its report [text, PDF], AI listed areas which the new … [read more]


Legal News
12 Mar 2012
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Lawyers for the Belgian government on Monday urged [hearing materials] the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] to order Senegal to either prosecute former president of Chad Hissene Habre [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] or extradite him to stand trial for atrocities committed during his eight years in … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2012
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] A court in Senegal on Thursday rejected a Belgian court's request to extradite Hissene Habre [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the former president of Chad, on accusations that he killed and tortured opponents during his regime. Habre served as president of Chad from 1982 to 1990. Belgium alleges that, … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jul 2011
by Chris Morris

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] expressed support [UN News Centre report] Tuesday for Senegal's decision not to send former dictator Hissene Habre [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] back to Chad, where he is wanted for war crimes. She stressed, though, that Habre should not … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jul 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] Senegal reversed its decision Sunday to send former Chad dictator Hissene Habre [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] back to Chad after UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] warned he could be tortured. Senegal suspended plans late Sunday [AFP report] just hours before Habre was set … [read more]

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