Jean-Jacques Cornish

US and Amnesty International welcome Habre conviction

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Governments and human rights groups have welcomed the conviction of former Chad ruler Hissene Habre and the life sentence imposed on him for crimes against humanity.

They’ve  commended the courageous testimony  of  69 survivors of detention and abuses, including a woman whom Habre was found guilty of raping four times.

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The United States welcomes the judgement of the Extraordinary African Chambers in Senegal, calling it  a landmark in the global fight against impunity for atrocities, including war crimes and crimes against humanity.

It says Habre’s eight-year term as the president of Chad until 1990 was marked by large-scale, systematic violations, including the murder of  at least 40 000 people, widespread sexual violence, mass imprisonment, enforced disappearance, and torture.

Amnesty International says the judgment  marks a significant moment for international justice and a huge relief for the tens of thousands of victims who have waited for this day for over 25 years.

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Jean-Jacques Cornish is a journalist and broadcaster who has been involved in the media all his adult life.

Starting as a reporter on his hometown newspaper, he moved briefly to then Rhodesia before returning to South Africa to become a parliamentary correspondent with the South African Press Association. He was sent to London as Sapa’s London editor and also served as special correspondent to the United Nations. He joined the then Argus group in London as political correspondent.

Returning to South Africa after 12 years abroad, he was assistant editor on the Pretoria News for a decade before becoming editor of the Star and SA Times for five years.

Since 1999 he’s been an independent journalist writing and broadcasting – mainly about Africa – for Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape
Talk, Radio France International, PressTV, Radio Live New Zealand, Business Day, Mail & Guardian, the BBC, Agence France Press,
Business in Africa, Leadership, India Today, the South African Institute for International Affairs and the Institute for Security Studies.

He has hosted current affairs talk shows on Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk. He appears as an African affairs pundit on SABC Africa and CNBC Africa.
He lectured in contemporary studies to journalism students at the Tshwane University of Technology and the University of Pretoria.

He speaks on African affairs to corporate and other audiences.
He has been officially invited as a journalist to more than 30 countries. He was the winner of the 2007 SADC award for radio journalism.

He’s been a member of the EISA team observing elections in Somaliland, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Egypt and Tunsiai.

In October 2009 he headed a group of 39 African journalists to the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Peoples’ Republic of China.

In January 2010 he joined a rescue and paramedical team to earthquake struck Haiti.

He is immediate past president of the Alliance Francaise of Pretoria.

Jean-Jacques is a director of Giant Media. The company was given access to Nelson Mandela in his retirement years until 2009.
He is co-producer of the hour-long documentary Mandela at 90 that was broadcast on BBC in January 2009.