Tuesday, May 7, 2013
As reported earlier on this blog (here and here), Senegal has created a special court called the Extraordinary African Chambers to investigate and try the former President of Chad, Hissene Habre, who is charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity during his 8-year reign from 1982-1990. On Friday, Chad and Senegal signed an agreement to allow Senegalese judges to conduct investigations in Chad in furtherance of the work of the Extraordinary Chambers. The agreement will allow the Senegalese judges to travel to Chad, speak with witnesses, visit former prisons and engage in othet activities necessary to investigate charges against Habre. The agreement is another welcome step forward in the long process to bring justice to the victims of Habre's rule.