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Monday, 11 July 2011

Put this man on a plane to Belgium

I agree that Hissene Habre cannot be sent to Chad if he is at risk of being tortured there. The enormity of the crimes of which he is accused would not justify his being tortured. That cannot mean that he goes untried. If the Belgians are seeking to try him, then can we not find a legal means to send him there? This sums up the structural weaknesses of international efforts to try people accused of crimes against humanity. It is bad enough that we hardly ever hear anything about the 40,000 people who were killed under Habre's rule, without now failing to find a way to even bring him to trial. 

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