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Chad/Senegal: Former Chad Dictator Hissène Habré Prosecuted

(Oct. 8, 2015) On September 7, 2015, the trial of the former leader of Chad, Hissène Habré, resumed, following a 45-day delay of the proceedings. Habré, who was dictator of Chad from 1982 to 1990, is facing charges of crimes against humanity, war crimes, and torture before the Extraordinary African Chamber, an ad hoc tribunal, in Senegal. […]

African Union; Chad; Senegal: Former Chad Dictator Hissene Habre’s Trial Adjourned to September

(July 28, 2015) On July 21, 2015, the trial of the former President of Chad, Hissène Habré, before the Extraordinary African Chambers (EAC) in Dakar, Senegal, was adjourned to September 7, 2015. (Diadie Ba, Trial of Chad’s Habre Suspended After Boycott by His Lawyers, REUTERS (July 21, 2015).) Habré had to be forced to appear […]

African Union; Chad; Senegal: Former Chad Dictator Hissene Habre’s Trial Opens in Dakar

(July 21, 2015) On July 20, 2015, the trial of former Chadian President Hissène Habré before the Extraordinary African Chambers (EAC) opened in Dakar, Senegal. He is facing accusations of crimes against humanity, torture, and war crimes. Habré denies being responsible for the thousands of deaths and the systematic torture that allegedly occurred during his […]

Chad: New Governmental Measures Following Two Suicide Bombings

(June 25, 2015) On June 19, 2015, Prime Minister Kalzeubet Payimi Deubet of Chad announced that his government was imposing new measures to enhance security in the country, notably the issuance of new identity cards and passports and the prohibition of activities along the Chari River from Gassi to Karkandjéri, including clothes washing. Police forces […]

Chad: Journalist Imprisoned

(May 21, 2013) On May 6, 2013, Eric Topona, the General Secretary of <?Chad's Union of Journalists, was arrested after being invited to the Justice Palace that morning. Topona’s father is a political opponent of the current government and head of the National Union for Development and Renewal, an opposition political party. The charge on […]

Chad: Repressive Print Media Bill Rejected by Parliament

(June 11, 2010) It was reported on June 8, 2010, that Chad's parliament, the National Assembly, adopted a bill on broadcast media during its last session but rejected a print media bill. The print media bill, submitted to it by the government's Committee on Communication, Fundamental Rights and Freedoms, would have replaced Decree No. 5 […]

Chad: UN Agency Concerned About Abductions

(Mar. 2, 2008) Rupert Colville, a spokesperson for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, has expressed concern about the human rights situation in Chad. Opposition leaders and members of civil society organizations have been reported abducted and detained in the period since the uprising in the N'Djamena, Chad's capital city. […]

Chad: Radio Station Closed

(Feb. 2, 2008) On January 16, 2008, police in Chad's capital city, M'Djamena, raided a privately-owned radio station and closed it. Radio FM Liberté's manager, Djekourninga Kaoutar Lazar, was arrested the same day. When the 15 policemen entered the radio station's studios, they asked to see the manager, who was not present, and then asked […]

Chad: French Aid Workers Convicted

(Jan. 2, 2008) Six French aid workers from the organization Zoé's Ark have been convicted of attempting to kidnap more than one hundred children in Chad. The court in N'djamena, Chad's capital, sentenced them to eight years in prison with hard labor and ordered them to pay US$8 million in compensation. They were also found […]