Chad: Special Tribunal convicts Hissène Habré of war crimes

A special tribunal in Senegal sentenced the former dictator of Chad to life imprisonment for crimes against humanity, war crimes, and torture, including sexual slavery, sexual violence, and rape, from 1982 to 1990. During his tenure, Habréused the police and the army to spread terror among the population. Thousands were tortured and murdered, and great numbers of women and girls were subjected to sexual torture, and sexual slavery.

Significantly, this is the first time that a court in Africa not set up by the United Nations has found that rape and sexual violence committed against women and girls constitute a form of torture.