A Global Quest for Accountability

Lessons from the Habré legal saga

13 March 2017, 18:30-20:30 at Brot für die Welt in Berlin

Life imprisonment for rape, war crimes, crimes against humanity and torture – on 30 May 2016 the Extraordinary African Chambers in Dakar made the conviction of former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré legal history. The judgment marked the successful culmination of more than 25 years of fighting for justice by survivors of Habré’s reign of terror.
Now ECCHR and Brot für die Welt, supported by the Bertha Foundation, are bringing Jacqueline Moudeina and Reed Brody, two of the architects of the landmark prosecution of Habré, to a conference of internationally renowned human rights lawyers to Berlin. Moudeina and Brody will speak of the uniqueness of their campaign which put the victims at the center, creating not just an irresistible political dynamic but a trial that showcased both the victims’ efforts and satisfied their expectations.
Together with human rights lawyers from Haiti, Pakistan, and Germany they will discuss best practices and lessons learned in long-term fights for accountability for serious human rights violations. The speakers all belong to the Bertha Justice Initiative network and practice transnational strategic litigation in international collaboration. As strategic litigation work is necessarily a long road, often marked with a series of setbacks, the extent to which impact assessments need to be adapted to that reality, will be discussed with:
Souleymane Guengueng und Clément Abaifouta, Association des Victimes du Régime de Hissène Habré (AVCRHH)
Jacqueline Moudeina, President of the Association Tchadienne pour la Promotion et Défense des Droits de l’Homme (ATPDH), Chad
Reed Brody, US lawyer in the Habré case, ECCHR advisory board member
Mario Joseph, Director of Bureau des Avocats internationaux (BAI), Haiti
Shahzad Akbar, Director of Foundation for Fundamental Rights (FFR), Pakistan
Wolfgang Kaleck, General Secretary of ECCHR, Germany
Introduction and moderation by Julia Duchrow, Head of the Human Rights and Peace Unit at Brot für die Welt, Germany
The event will be held in English, with consecutive translation from French to English.
We look forward to welcoming you to this event. Please register at event@ecchr.eu (please note that no confirmation will be sent).
ECCHR, Anabel Bermejo,
Tel.: + 49 (0) 172 - 587 00 87, E-Mail:bermejo@ECCHR.eu

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