Senegal reverses decision to repatriate Chad's former dictator

 

Navi Pillay

The decision by the West African country, Senegal, not to repatriate former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré has been welcomed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Spokesman Rupert Colville says there were concerns that Habré would not get a fair trial in Chad and that he could be tortured.

However, he adds, this does not free Mr. Habré from being held accountable for what he did when he ruled Chad from 1982 to 1990.

"The High commissioner stresses that this should not simply mean a return to the status quo, with Mr. Habré continuing to live with impunity in Senegal, as he has done for the past 20 years. It was important that rapid and concrete progress was made by Senegal to prosecute or extradite Mr. Habré to a country willing to conduct a fair trial".

Hissène Habré is accused of torturing and killing thousands of Chadian during his reign before he was overthrown in 1990 and sent into exile in Senegal.

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