Netherlands supports trial of former Chadian dictator Habré by Senegal
The Netherlands is contributing €1 million to the trial of Hissène Habré. The former Chadian dictator is being held responsible for systematically torturing and killing political opponents on a massive scale. Senegal and the African Union (AU) have created a special tribunal of Senegalese and other African judges for the trial.
This will be the first time that a former African president stands trial in Africa for crimes against humanity,’ noted foreign minister Frans Timmermans. ‘It’s a big step forward in international criminal law.’ Mr Timmermans confirmed the Netherlands’ contribution in a recent meeting with his Senegalese counterpart Mankeur Ndiaye. Thanks to the Dutch donation the trial can begin soon; other donors – the AU, the EU, the US and other EU member states – will follow in 2013.
The Netherlands attaches great importance to putting suspects of war crimes and crimes against humanity on trial. This is why it not only supports the work of the International Criminal Court and other tribunals in The Hague, but also stresses the responsibility of countries and regional organisations for ensuring that perpetrators do not escape punishment.