The Trial of Hissene Habre: How the People of Chad Brought a Tyrant to Justice - African Arguments (Hardback)Celeste Hicks (author)
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When Hissene Habre, the deposed dictator of Chad, was found guilty of crimes against humanity in 2016, it was described as `a watershed for human rights justice in Africa and beyond'. For the first time, an African war criminal had been convicted on African soil.
Having followed the trial from the very beginning and interviewed many of those involved, journalist Celeste Hicks tells the remarkable story of how Habre was brought to justice. His conviction followed a heroic 25 year campaign by activists and survivors of Habre's atrocities, which succeeded despite international indifference, opposition from Habre's allies, and several failed attempts to bring him to trial in Europe and elsewhere. In the face of such overwhelming odds, the conviction of a once untouchable tyrant represents a major turning point, with profound implications for African justice and the future of human rights activism globally.
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Number of pages: 232
Dimensions: 222 x 140 mm
`This is a story that had to be told, of hell on earth and humanity's determination to fight back. A wonderful account of a campaign that achieved justice after 25 years.'
Mike Dottridge, former head of Amnesty International's Africa Research Unit
`Written by a journalist with a deep and broad knowledge of Chad, Hicks's book offers a vivid and compelling account of the long road to bring Hissene Habre to trial and brilliantly shows its significance both for Chad and international justice.'
Marielle Debos, author of Living by the Gun in Chad
`Shows the profound and wide-ranging impact of Habre's prosecution. Hicks's interviews with Chadian victims are incredibly moving. At the same time, she offers essential insights into whether the Extraordinary African Chambers represent a viable African alternative to the International Criminal Court.'
Phil Clark, SOAS, University of London
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