A coalition of human rights organizations has expressed concern that the African Union is yet to set up the Trust Fund to compensate the victims of former Chadian President Hissène Habré, four years after his historic conviction in Senegal
On May 30, 2016, the Extraordinary African Chambers within the Senegalese courts sentenced Habré to life imprisonment for crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture in particular for acts of sexual violence and rape.
An Appeals Chamber upheld Habré's conviction in April 2017, and awarded 82 billion CFA francs (approximately 150 million dollars) to 7,396 identified victims. The court also mandated an African Union Trust Fund to raise money by tracing Habré's holdings and soliciting voluntary contributions.
Although the African Union (AU) adopted the Statute Trust Fund in 2017 and allocated 5 million to the Fund, it is still not operational.
The coalition is therefore challenging the African Union and the Chadian government to implement these court decisions so that the victims can finally receive reparations.
Clément Abaifouta, is the president of the Association of Victims of Crimes by Habre’s Régime.