Chad Trial Hears Torture Testimony

January 16,2015

A rights group says ongoing testimony in Chad confirms that torture was widely used during the rule of Hissène Habré from 1982 to 1990. Twenty-one former security agents are on trial. So far, about 50 people have testified against them.

The former security agents are charged with murder, torture, kidnapping, arbitrary detention and assault and battery. Their trial began November 14th, but was suspended a week later due to a lawyers’ strike. It resumed on December 23rd and is expected to end later this month.

Human Rights Watch counsel Reed Brody is in the capital N’Djaména and has attended many of the court sessions. He described the trial as Chad’s “rendezvous with history.”

He said, “For the firs