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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Questions relating to the Obligation to Prosecute or Extradite (Belgium v Senegal)

Vaios Koutroulis

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 17 October 2019

Subject(s):
Torture — Jurisdiction of states, universality principle — Extradition and mutual assistance

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 Hissène Habré was the president of the Republic of Chad from 1982 to 1990. During this time, large-scale violations of human rights were allegedly committed by government forces. After being overthrown, in December 1990, by his opponent, Idris Déby, Habré took refuge in Senegal and has resided in Dakar ever since. The victims of the alleged violations sought redress in several for a. Thus, complaints relating to the actions of Chad’s governmental forces during Habré’s presidency were filed in Senegal (2000 and 2008), in Belgium (2000–01), and before the UN...
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