Launch of activities in N’Djamena! Reviewed by Momizat on . N’Djamena, 4 March 2014 A well-attended press conference was held at Media House in the capital of Chad, N’Djamena, and marked the official launch of outreach a N’Djamena, 4 March 2014 A well-attended press conference was held at Media House in the capital of Chad, N’Djamena, and marked the official launch of outreach a Rating: 0

Launch of activities in N’Djamena!

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Débat pbublic au Tchad sur les rôles des Chambres Africaines Extraordinaires dans l'évolution de la justice pénale internationale

N’Djamena, 4 March 2014

A well-attended press conference was held at Media House in the capital of Chad, N’Djamena, and marked the official launch of outreach activities relating to the Extraordinary African Chambers (EAC). The speakers presented the activities planned and answered journalists’ questions.

To begin with, the speakers endeavoured to clarify the mandate entrusted to the EAC for prosecuting “the main person or persons responsible for the crimes committed in Chad between 7 June 1982 and 1 December 1990.” Given the distance between Senegal and Chad, where most of the victims live and where the crimes took place live, they highlighted the importance that “justice is not only carried out but also seen, heard and understood.”

During the conference, a summary of the outreach plan was presented to the media, which described the key elements and outreach activities developed by the Consortium, which consists of three experienced organizations: MAGI Communications in N’Djamena, Primum Africa in Dakar and RCN Justice & Democracy in Brussels. Outreach activities are planned to cover the periods before, during and after the trial – if a trial takes place following the investigation phase currently being carried out.

Outreach activities are primarily tasked with informing the population about the whole legal procedure and answering all individuals’ questions. In the opinion of Abdou Khadre Lo, expert in political sciences and CEO of Primum Africa in Dakar, the Consortium’s work will be “strictly neutral.” The Consortium will not take the side of the defense or that of the accused. Objectivity is the key word that will guide all the Consortium’s interventions. Abdou Khadre Lo noted that “independence and neutrality will be respected.”

Gilbert Maoundonodji, political scientist and CEO of the firm MAGI Communications and Abdou Khadre Lo then answered questions from reporters – in particular on the content of the outreach plan, the “legality of EAC judges” and on the expected outcome of the trial. The speakers responded, without of course engaging course on the outcome of the trial. For Gilbert Maoundonodji, the Consortium has a “duty to provide the same information to all parties.”

2 television channels, 4 radio channels, 8 newspapers, a correspondant from Radio Netherlands, presidents of victims’ associations, victims and representatives of international organizations took part in the conference.

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