Hissène Habré

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Habré in 1987

Hissène Habré (Arabic: حسين حبري Ḥusaīn ḤabrīChadian Arabic: pronounced [hiˈsɛn ˈhabre]; French pronunciation: ​[isɛn abʁe]; 13 August 1942 – 24 August 2021), also spelled Hissen Habré, was a Chadian politician who served as the President of Chad from 1982 until he was deposed in 1990. France and the United States gave them training, arms, and financing to rule Chad.

In May 2016, Habré was found guilty by an international court in Senegal of human-rights abuses, including rape, sexual slavery, and ordering the killing of 40,000 people, and sentenced to life in prison. He is the first former head of state to be convicted for human rights abuses in the court of another nation.

In 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic, he was released from prison so that he would not catch COVID-19. He went into house arrest for 60 days.[1]

Habré died in Dakar, Senegal from COVID-19 on 24 August 2021, one week after his 79th birthday.[2][3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Ruth Maclean (April 6, 2020). "Chad's Ex-President, Sentenced to Life, Given Temporary Reprieve From Prison". New York Times. Retrieved May 8, 2021.
  2. "Chad's former president Hissène Habré dies at 79". France24. 24 August 2021. Retrieved 24 August 2021.
  3. "Chad's former President Hissene Habre dies of COVID aged 79". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 2021-08-24.