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At a glance

Chad’s population is affected by multiple regional security challenges. Civilians are often caught in the armed conflict against Boko Haram, with frequent reports of killings and kidnappings of civilians, as well as the destruction of homes, mainly in the northern and southern basins of Lake Chad region. Defence and security forces carry out arbitrary arrests and detention, while sexual violence is reported, including rape against women and children, particularly in and around sites for displaced people and refugee camps, in total impunity. Impunity is related to shortcomings in the Chadian justice system which undermine the right to prompt and impartial examination of cases and the right to reparation and compensation. Chad also faces exploitation of children and their involvement in armed groups. Recruitment of child soldiers by all parties to the conflict is on the increase.

Additionally, and despite legislative improvement, progress is still needed to eradicate widespread traditional practices which violate the physical integrity and human dignity of women and girls. The OMCT and its SOS-Torture Network continue to work towards the protection of human rights defenders and for a better enforcement of the Convention against Torture in the country.

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