20th July, 2015, Dakar, Senegal: The trial of former Chadian President Hissène Habré, accused of crimes against humanity, war crimes, and torture, began before the Extraordinary African Chambers in Senegal. 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.
SRT grantee, TrustAfrica have enhanced independent coverage of the Habré trial through their International Criminal Justice (ICJ) Fund who worked closely with a consortium of civil society organizations and Senegalese law graduates. The ICJ Fund trained a group of law graduates from the Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD) in Dakar, to monitor, document and provide daily reports on the proceedings in both French and English across various platforms. The work of these students provides an invaluable resource to ensure there is an independent platform of informed actors who can provide accurate and timely analysis of the proceedings, and share this information in Africa and beyond.
TrustAfrica works with African and international partners to develop the capacity and networks of groups working on the documentation of atrocity crime. A key technical resource in this work is the Global Justice and Research Project, led by Liberian journalist Hassan Bility. More information available here.
La tenue du procès de Hissein Habré devant les Chambres africaines extraordinaires fut l’aboutissement d’une lutte acharnée menée par les victimes du régime de l’ancien président tchadien et par la société civile tchadienne et internationale.
Ouvert le 20 juillet 2015 à Dakar, le procès a connu une interruption de 45 jours avant de reprendre le 7 septembre avec les auditions des témoins qui se sont poursuivies jusqu’au 15 décembre. Le premier chapitre de ce procès historique s’est clos le 11 février 2016 avec les plaidoiries de la défense et des parties civiles et le réquisitoire final du parquet.
TrustAfrica, en collaboration avec le groupe de recherche Thinking Africa, s’est approchée des différentes parties prenantes à ce procès afin de recueillir leur avis sur la signification et la portée de cette péripétie judiciaire inédite en Afrique.
Veuillez trouverez ci-dessous l’ensemble des entretiens qui ont été réalisées en ce sens.
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« Améliorer les mécanismes de la Cour africaine des droits de l’homme et des peuples pour faire avancer la justice et les droits des victimes », telle est la question centrale qui réunira des participants venus de divers horizons. L’initiative est du Fonds de justice pénale internationale de TrustAfrica en partenariat avec la Coalition pour une Cour africaine des droits de l’homme et des peuples effective. Le premier œuvre au renforcement et au soutien de la société civile dans ses efforts pour améliorer les mécanismes nationaux et régionaux de reddition de comptes en Afrique.
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.
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Arusha, March 8th, 2016 - TrustAfrica and the Coalition for an Effective African Court (CEAC) are convening African civil society from across the continent to promote their engagement with the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AcHPR). The meeting aims to advance victims’ rights and access to justice through the African Charter establishing the Court. It will be open to journalists with prior accreditation and registration.
WHO: The organizers, Trust Africa’s Fund to Advance International Criminal Justice in Africa (ICJ Fund) and the Coalition for an Effective African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (CEAC), will be hosting key personalities, including H.E. Ambassador Fafre Camara, Malian Ambassador in Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union, Justice S.E. Augustino Ramdhani, President of the African Court on Human and People’s Rights, as well as lawyers and advocates from Mali, Burundi, South Sudan, Nigeria, the DRC, and Senegal, to name a few.
WHEN: March 8th to March 9th, 2016
WHERE: Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha, Tanzania
TrustAfrica, a Senegal-based organisation, will on Thursday evening launch Beyond the Crisis: Zimbabwe's Prospects for Transformation.
The book is a gem that seeks to tackle policy alternatives the southern African nation could have pursued to avoid the quagmire that has entangled it today.
Edited by Tendai Murisa and Tendai Chikweche, the book admits Zimbabwe has attracted regional and international attention over settler colonialism, decolonisation, independence, contested land redistribution and economic collapse among other contentious issues.
This is the title of a book TrustAfrica will launch officially on February 11th in Harare, Zimbabwe. The book is a gem that seeks to tackle policy alternatives the Southern African nation could have pursued to avoid the quagmire that has entangled it today.
TrustAfrica is enhancing independent coverage of the Habré Trial proceedings taking place in Dakar, Senegal. Since the trial began on 20 July 2015, TrustAfrica’s International Criminal Justice (ICJ) Fund has been working closely with a consortium of civil society organizations and law graduates to monitor, document, and share information on proceedings across various platforms.
The ICJ Fund has mentored a group of law graduates from the Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD) in Dakar, Senegal, to monitor and provide daily reports on the proceedings. These reports are disseminated widely across various networks.
The work of these students provides an invaluable resource to activists and legal experts working on criminal justice issues in Africa and beyond. As the trial reopened on February 8, 2015 Le Monde newspaper highlighted TrustAfrica’s pioneering work in supporting documentation and monitoring of the groundbreaking trial.
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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.