Former Chad ruler Hissene Habre has been convicted of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life in prison at a historic trial I Senegal.
Habre was convicted for rape, sexual slavery and ordering killings during his presidential tenure from 1982 to 1990.
“It was the first time an African Union-backed court had tried a former ruler for human rights abuses,” BBC reported.
“Today will be carved into justice as the day that a band of unrelenting survivors brought their dictator to justice,” said Reed Brody from Human Rights Watch.
Hissene Habre was arrested in Senegal and exiled in 2013.
“In 2005, a court in Belgium issued a warrant for his arrest, claiming universal jurisdiction but, after Senegal referred the issue to the African Union, the AU asked Senegal to try Mr Habre “on behalf of Africa.” BBC reported