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HRW: Chad government owes millions in compensation to victims of former war-criminal president

by Derek Andrews
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Human Rights Watch (HRW), in addition to a number of Chadian organizations and news outlets, Friday announced that victims of the late President of Chad, Hissène Habré, have nonetheless not obtained their court-ordered reparations. This delay has continued for over seven years, following Habré’s conviction in Senegal in 2016.

In 2016, Habré was convicted of crimes in opposition to humanity and conflict crimes, together with torture, sexual violence, and rape. A Senegalese courtroom sentenced him to life in jail, the place he died in 2021. This trial stays the primary on this planet the place the courts of 1 nation convicted the previous ruler of one other for conflict crimes and crimes in opposition to humanity.

Equally, a courtroom in Chad in 2015 convicted Habré’s safety brokers on costs of homicide and torture. In each instances, the courts ordered compensation price of thousands and thousands of {dollars} to the victims.

Regardless of this, the victims haven’t obtained these courtroom awards. Two of the “most lively victims” have not too long ago died, whereas others are unwell and “determined want,” in keeping with the lead counsel for the victims, Jacqueline Moudeina. She went on to emphasize that, “Habré’s victims are heroes who fought relentlessly for 25 years to deliver him and his henchmen to justice, and have been awarded thousands and thousands of {dollars}, however they haven’t seen one cent in reparations.”

Equally, Adoumbaye Dam Pierre, a former prisoner beneath Habré’s regime and the present president of the Affiliation of Victims of the Crimes of Hissène Habré, urged that:

The African Union and the Chadian authorities want to come back collectively and implement these courtroom selections in order that the victims, in the end, can obtain reparations for what we suffered […] We fought for many years for these selections and now we’ve got to combat once more to get the selections enforced.

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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