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The trial of former Chadian President, Hissène Habré, resumes today, February 8th, 2016, in Dakar, Senegal. The lawyers from both sides will be making their final oral arguments in a week expected to see proceedings come to a close before a verdict is given in May 2016.
The Habré trial reached a major milestone on December 15th, 2015, the day the last witness testified before the Extraordinary African Chambers (EAC) in Dakar, Senegal. The EAC was set up under an agreement between the Government of Senegal and the African Union with a mandate to try serious crimes allegedly committed in Chad between 1982 and 1990.
Workshop on Documenting Atrocity Crimes in Africa: Amplifying Civil Society Organization Capacity to Work in Transitional Justice Processes in AfricaWritten by Masekara Sekoankoetla Published in Conference Read 14056 times
Experiences in Africa and around the world have indicated that the end of conflict does not automatically lead to sustainable peace and transition to democratic rule with rule of law and respect for human rights. They proved rather that transitional justice (TJ) is indispensable to achieve this end. Indeed there is a need to initiate TJ processes to recognize victims of atrocity crimes and secure accountability for those crimes. In fact this has proved to secure civic trust and national reconciliation and at least promises democratic rule in Africa. It must be noted that transitional TJ processes would not see success without the initiatives of Civil Society Organizations’ (CSOs)) ground preparatory work of fact finding and documentation. Although their preparatory work has proved success of many TJs in securing accountability in Africa, it would be misleading to say this work is a smooth road.