Annual Report: Chad 2013

May 23, 2013

Annual Report: Chad 2013

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  • In January, more than 600 people were forcibly evicted and their homes destroyed in Sabangali, N’Djamena, to make way for the construction of a hotel. In April, some of those evicted were allocated plots of land, but only half of the former residents received compensation promised by an inter-ministerial commission.

International justice – Hissène Habré

On 22 August, an agreement was signed between Senegal and the African Union to establish a special court to try former President Hissène Habré. In September, Chadian authorities stated that they had confirmed their financial contribution of CFA 2 billion (around US$4 million) for the trial. In December, Senegal’s national assembly adopted a law creating a special tribunal to try Hissène Habré.

Violence against women and girls

The authorities consistently failed to prevent and address sexual violence by both state and non-state agents.

  • On the night of 8 January, 13 women detainees were sexually assaulted by prison guards at Moussoro prison. All women detained in the prison were subsequently transferred to Amsinene prison in N’Djamena, on the orders of the Minister of Justice. No independent investigation had begun by the end of the year.

Amnesty International visits/reports

  • Amnesty International delegates visited Chad in March and September.
  • Chad: ‘We are all dying here’ – human rights violations in prisons (AFR 20/007/2012)
  • Chad: Judicial harassment of political opponents and journalists must stop (PRE01/455/2012)