Nearly 26 years after he was forced out of power, former Chadian president Hissène Habré has been found guilty of crimes against humanity, torture (including sexual violence) and crimes of war committed under his rule from 1982 to 1990. He has been condemned to life imprisonment by the judges of the Extraordinary African Chambers (EACs), a court specially created by Senegal upon the request of the African Union (AU). This was the first trial of its kind on the continent and years of lobbying were necessary to convince the AU and Senegal to proceed with it. In pushing Africa to bring Habré to justice, the victims and the international coalition of non-governmental organisations that have supported them have shown that Africa’s relationship to international criminal justice is far more open than the statements of some African leaders might suggest. Africa’s people demand such justice, and will pull all the necessary levers to obtain it.
Senior Research Associate
Programme: Governance of Africa's Resources Programme
Position: Head of Monitoring & Evaluation
Programme: Monitoring & Evaluation for evidence-based Policy Development
SAIIA, in collaboration with the Embassy of Switzerland in South Africa, is hosting a panel discussion on 'The Panama lessons: how to effectively fight corruption and return funds'. This discussion will be led by HE Ambassador Valentin Zellweger, Director General of Public International Law and Legal Advisor of the Swiss Foreign Ministry.
SAIIA, in partnership with the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation and the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria, cordially invites you to the launch of 'African Accountability: What Works and What Doesn’t’, edited by Steven Gruzd and Yarik Turianskyi.
In the lastest SAIIA event exclusively for our diplomatic and corporate members, we were pleased to host an Executive Briefing on 'The Africa we want: Unpacking the primacy of Africa in South Africa’s Foreign Policy'.