When Hissène Habré ruled in Chad, millions of people were raped, tortured and killed. A court has now ruled that the former dictator must pay $34,000 to each rape victim.

Most of the victims live in poverty and have never been compensated since Habré’s regime ended two decades ago. This ruling is a great step forward in the area of victim rights.

Furthermore, this recognition is particularly important in cases of rape as a weapon of war, where discussing the topic had until recently been taboo among victims and their communities.

Law can serve as an effective tool because it helps survivors to access justice, receive compensation for their suffering, and it can deter perpetrators.


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