Is Habre’s Landmark Conviction a New Model for International Justice?

Chad's former dictator, Hissene Habre, during the proceedings of the Extraordinary African Chambers, Dakar, Senegal, May 30, 2016 (AP photo by Carley Petesch).
Chad's former dictator, Hissene Habre, during the proceedings of the Extraordinary African Chambers, Dakar, Senegal, May 30, 2016 (AP photo by Carley Petesch).
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The conviction last week of Chad’s former president, Hissene Habre, for crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture is a significant victory for the civil society campaign that has fought tirelessly for more than 20 years to bring him to justice. In a Senegalese courtroom last Monday, Habre was sentenced to life in prison for his ultimate responsibility, as Chad’s head of state from 1982 to 1990, for thousands of cases of torture in secret prisons, along with killings, rapes and waves of repression against communities that opposed his rule. Delivering his verdict, the head of the specially created Extraordinary […]

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