End rights abuse impunity, Senegal told
21 June 2012, 09:31
Dakar - Senegal's three-month-old government should
end "decades of impunity for human rights violations", according to a
report released on Wednesday by rights group Amnesty International.
to the report, a lack of justice for human rights violations -
including abuses by security forces and a lack of justice for victims of
the conflict in the southern Casamance region - is undermining the
judicial system and rule of law in Senegal.
"After years of
impunity, the population has great expectations regarding justice," said
Gaetan Mootoo, Amnesty International's West Africa researcher.
authorities must put an end to the culture of impunity that serves as
both weapon and shield for security forces," he said. "The victims of
human rights violations and their families deserve justice and
According to the report, human rights violations by
Senegal's police, such as pre-election violence earlier this year,
should be punished.
In the tropical Casamance region, where a
low-level conflict has been underway for the last 30 years, Mootoo said
"security forces and armed groups have committed countless atrocities
for which no one has been held accountable".
International is also calling on Senegal's President Macky Sall to
prepare for the extradition of former Chadian President Hissene Habre,
who is wanted by courts in Belgium for human rights abuses and war
Habre currently lives freely in the Senegalese capital
Dakar. His extradition was blocked by courts under the administration of
former president Abdoulaye Wade, who left office in early April.