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Tribunal Dakar

On July 20th, 2015, the trial of former Chadian President Hissène Habré began before the Extraordinary African Chambers in Dakar, Senegal. Habré is accused of crimes against humanity, war crimes, and torture. The alleged crimes were committed during Habré’s regime from 1982 to 1990, when an estimated 40,000 people are reported to have died or disappeared.

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Arusha, March 9th, 2016 - TrustAfrica and the Coalition for an Effective African Court (CEAC) convened African civil society from across the continent in Arusha from March 8th to 9th 2016, to promote their engagement with the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AcHPR).

Africa has indeed played a pioneering role in the establishment of courts with international criminal jurisdiction, spearheaded by civil society advocacy and the independent contributions of a number of governments. While AU initiatives place decision and policy makers at the center of discussions on ICJ, they also recognize the role played by African civil society in the development of ICJ practice in Africa. The meeting sought to distill best practices in terms of victims’ participation in Africa in order to advance victims’ rights and access to justice through the African Charter establishing the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights.

Élaborer un document de politiques générales pour régir la justice transitionnelle dans des États africains marqués par leur grande diversité sociopolitique et culturelle, n’est certainement pas une tache aisée. C’est pourtant à cette entreprise que des organisations non gouvernementales (ONG) et des experts scientifiques se sont attelées, depuis quelques années, sous l’égide de l’Union Africaine. Le dernier document de leur travail, en l’occurrence le Projet de cadre stratégique de justice transitionnelle de l’Union africaine (PCSJTUA)[1], a fait l’objet d’une dernière consultation d’experts les 19 et 20 novembre 2015, dont l’auteur de cette contribution a pris part, à Cape Town en Afrique du Sud[2]. La présente réflexion a pour but d’examiner brièvement l’apport du PCSJTUA à la justice transitionnelle du contexte assez particulier du Soudan du Sud.

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