The armed group Boko Haram stepped up attacks in the capital, N’Djamena, and around Lake Chad, killing and abducting civilians, and looting and destroying properties. The authorities took several counter-terrorism and security measures, including passing a restrictive anti-terrorism law. The security forces carried out arbitrary arrests and detentions. The authorities continued to restrict the right to freedom of expression by dispersing demonstrations, often using excessive or unnecessary force. Hundreds of thousands of refugees from Nigeria, Central African Republic, Sudan and Libya continued to live in difficult conditions in crowded refugee camps. Former Chadian President Hissène Habré faced trial on charges of crimes against humanity, torture and war crimes at the Extraordinary African Chambers in Senegal.
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