Chad: Appeal to Chad's National Conference and political leaders for action to protect human rights
This document reports AI's concern that the present government of Chad is perpetuating the disregard for human rights which characterized the government of President Hissein Habre, overthrown in December 1990. Although the present leadership started on a positive note by opening a commission of inquiry to investigate past abuses and moving towards a multi-party political system, no steps have been taken to hold the security forces in check and they continue to violate human rights virtually with impunity. More than 1 000 people have been arrested and detained, often tortured, and several hundred people have been killed since December 1990. 200 people who returned from Nigeria were detained in early 1992; some died under torture, others "disappeared".