n Africa Conflict Monitor - ACM Country Profile : Chad : Central Africa - national profile

Volume 2015, Issue 04
  • ISSN : 2311-6943


The Bottom Line: Chad's governance problems can be put into perspective against the more horrendous time of the rule of Hissène Habré from 1982 to 1990, who has been accused of killing and torturing thousands of Chadians by a special court constituted by the African Union (AU) and Senegal. Habré was living in exile in Senegal when he was arrested in 2013, five years after he was sentenced to death in Chad in absentia. On 24 March 2015, seven of Habré's accomplices were sentenced by the special court to life sentences, and another three to 20 years hard labour. "Finally, finally, the men who brutalised us and then laughed in our faces for decades have got their comeuppance," said Clement Abaifouta, an ex-political prisoner who heads the Association of Victims of the Crimes of Hissène Habré's Regime (AVCRHH). The trial will provide some consolation for the poor country beleaguered by poor governance and a broken economy.

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