Togo - Universal Periodic Review - Civil and Political Rights - July 2021
Document: Togo UPR Final July 14.pdf
Type: Intl Mechanism Submission
Issues: Detention , Due Process and Fair Trial , Enforced Disappearance , Expression and Opinion , Extrajudicial Killing
Mechanism: Universal Periodic Review
Report Type: Stakeholder Report
The Togolese Government frequently violates the fundamental legal safeguards of individuals participating in peaceful public demonstrations in Togo. The Government engages in arbitrary arrest and detention. Persons involved in demonstrations called for by the opposition parties have been subjected to excessive use of force, amounting to torture, and often resulting in death.
The Togolese Government uses the threat of detention to discourage persons from exercising their rights to peaceful assembly, opinion, and expression. The legal system and policies in Togo fail to provide individuals with adequate protection from politically motivated violence.
Members of the Togolese diaspora living in Minnesota, USA have participated in gathering
information for this submission. Human rights organizations in Togo received firsthand
information directly, as well as through media and other reports. The Ligue Togolaise des
Droits de L'Homme (LTDH), a Togolese human rights organization affiliated with the
International Federation for Human Rights, provided documentation of human rights
abuses occurring during the period from August 1, 2018, to April 13, 2019. The
Regroupement des Jeunes Africains pour la Démocratie et le Développement (REJADD)
and the Réseau Africain pour les Initiatives de Droits de l'Homme et de Solidarité
(RAIDHS) also provided information on repression of peaceful marches occurring between
August 19, 2017 and January 20, 2018.