Hissène Habré

Dictator of Chad Hissène Habré

Profession: Dictator of Chad


Biography: Hissène Habré was dictator of Chad from 1982 to 1990 when he was deposed by rebel forces. A later commission of inquiry found his government was responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people and the torture of 200,000 people.

Hissène Habré is believed to have originally seized power with the help of the CIA and his regime was supported by America and France.

In 2016 in a landmark trial the former dictator was convicted in a Senegal court of crimes against humanity, war crimes, torture, including sexual violence and rape. He was sentenced to life in prison and to pay 123 million euros in victim compensation.

He died in prison in 2021 while infected with COVID-19.

Born: August 13, 1942
Birthplace: Faya-Largeau, Chad, French Equatorial Africa

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Leo

Died: August 24, 2021 (aged 79)
Cause of Death: Reportedly of COVID-19 while serving a life sentence in prison for crimes against humanity

Historical Events

  • 1982-06-07 Hissène Habré's rebel army occupies N'djamena the capital of Chad
  • 1987-01-02 Troops of Chadian President Hissène Habré conquer the Fada oasis
  • 1987-03-27 Chadian President Hissène Habré's troops reconquer Faya Largeau in Chad
  • 1990-12-01 Dictator of Chad Hissène Habré flees to Cameroon
  • 2016-05-30 Former Chad dictator Hissène Habré convicted of crimes against humanity by the Extraordinary African chambers, 1st ex-head of state convicted of the charge

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