On Monday January 3, human rights defenders urged the Senegalese head of state, Macky Sall, to benefit from the presidency of the African Union (AU) that he’s about to imagine to unblock compensation for 1000’s victims of the previous Chadian dictator Hissène Habré. « No sufferer has obtained a single cent to this point », Me Assane Dioma Ndiaye, Senegalese coordinator of attorneys for the victims of Hissène Habré through the 2015-2016 trial in Dakar in opposition to the previous Chadian president, who died in 2021.
« Mr. Macky Sall has a second date with historical past »mentioned Me Ndiaye alongside representatives of civil society and human rights organizations. In response to him, after having assumed the presidency in April 2012 and put an finish to his nation’s resistance to the holding of the trial of Hissène Habré on Senegalese territory, Mr. Sall should make sure that the victims are compensated throughout this yr when he’ll maintain the rotating presidency of the AU.
Hissène Habré, who dominated Chad with an iron fist from 1982 to 1990 and who had taken refuge in Senegal after being ousted from energy, was arrested, charged and tried by a particular tribunal below the aegis of the ‘UA. He was convicted of crimes in opposition to humanity, rape, executions, slavery and kidnappings, and sentenced on Might 30, 2016 to life imprisonment after an unprecedented trial. Hissène Habré served his sentence in Senegal, the place he succumbed to Covid-19 in August 2021, on the age of 79, and the place he was buried.
Victims who died with out touching something
A Chadian fee of inquiry estimated the variety of victims of the repression below the Habré regime at 40,000. Practically 8,000 civil events are awaiting compensation, totaling 82 billion CFA francs (125 million euros), rights defenders mentioned. The courtroom which confirmed the conviction of Hissène Habré in 2017 had mandated a fund to compensate the victims from the property of the previous chief and voluntary contributions. However this fund continues to be not operational whereas many victims died with out touching something.
« There has by no means been political will on the a part of the AU », lambasted Me Ndiaye: « If there may be delay, it is just as a result of the previous presidents of the AU who’ve succeeded haven’t taken motion » which might have allowed this fund to function.
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