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Chad Asks Senegal to Extradite Habre to Belgium

Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 12:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Chad has asked Senegal to extradite Chad’s former president Hissene Habre to Belgium, where he is charged with against crimes against humanity. Mr. Habre has been living in Dakar since he was overthrown by current Chadian President Idriss Deby more than 20 years ago. Senegal placed the former ruler under house arrest in 2005, after […]

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Senegal Bans Political Protests Ahead of Rally

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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Senegal has banned political protests in key public areas, two days ahead of a planned rally against President Abdoulaye Wade and his government. In a decree issued Thursday, the interior ministry cited security reasons for the ban. It forbids political rallies outside government buildings and in major squares. A demonstration is planned for Saturday in […]

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Senegal’s President Looks to Third Term

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 9:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Senegal’s President Abdoulaye Wade says he is confident he could win re-election, a strong indication that he plans to run for another term in February despite street protests against his rule. In his first major speech since the protests last month, Mr. Wade said Thursday he is willing to hold elections earlier than February if […]

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Senegal Plans Talks on Ex-Chadian Leader Habre

Posted July 11th, 2011 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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Senegal says it will hold “urgent” talks about the fate of former Chadian President Hissene Habre, after the government abruptly canceled plans to send him back to his home country. The Senegalese government suspended its expulsion order for Mr. Habre on Sunday, following warnings from the United Nations that Mr. Habre could be tortured if […]

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Senegal Calls Off Extradition of Ex-Chad Leader

Posted July 10th, 2011 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Senegal’s foreign minister says the government decided not to extradite former Chadian President Hissene Habre, just hours before he was to be sent home on Monday. Madicke Niang said Senegal decided to suspend the extradition at the request of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. In a statement issued earlier Sunday, Ms. […]

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Senegal Urged Not to Extradite Ex-Chad Leader

Posted July 10th, 2011 at 4:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations human rights chief has asked Senegal to reconsider its decision to extradite former Chadian President Hissene Habre to his homeland. In a statement issued Sunday, Navi Pillay says that Senegal, as a party to the Convention Against Torture, may not extradite anyone to a state “where there are substantial grounds for believing […]

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Senegal to Send Habre Back to Chad

Posted July 8th, 2011 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Senegal will next week extradite former Chadian president Hissene Habre back to Chad, where he is wanted on charges of killing thousands of people. Chadian officials say Senegal’s government has informed them that Mr. Habre will be sent home on Monday. A Chadian inquiry accuses Mr. Habre of being responsible for 40,000 political killings during […]

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Senegal Deploys Extra Troops Amid Electricity Riots

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 4:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Senegal has deployed riot police to government buildings and the presidential palace following violent protests over power cuts. VOA’s correspondent in Dakar says there was heavy smoke on the main road in Dakar Tuesday from burning tires and barricades. Overnight Monday to Tuesday, demonstrators ransacked government buildings, including the national electric company’s offices. Residents in […]

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Human Rights Watch Protests Beating of Senegalese Activists

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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Human Rights Watch wants the Senegalese government to investigate violent assaults on two human rights activists during protests in Dakar. The group says Alioune Tine and Oumar Diallo were attacked Thursday by youths from the political party of President Abdoulaye Wade. Opposition protesters clashed with police to protest the ruling party’s efforts to change the […]

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Senegal Drops Bid to Change Constitution After Protests

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 6:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade has abandoned efforts to change the constitution as clashes erupted between riot police and opposition supporters in the capital, Dakar. Thousand of protesters, some throwing stones, gathered outside Senegal’s parliament, where lawmakers were meeting Thursday to debate the proposed changes. Police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse the demonstrators. […]

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