Franciscans International

Dramatique détérioration des Droits de l’Homme au Togo

par La rédaction UFCTOGO.COM , le 8 janvier 2004, publié sur

Selon selon le rapport annuel de Franciscans International, la situation des Droits de l’Homme au Togo s’est dramatiquement détériorée en 2003.


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Dans sa mise à jour de Janvier 2004, FI interpelle les gouvernements d’Afrique de l’Ouest afin de faire des efforts en 2004 pour corriger la situation. FI site un exemple alarmant que constitue l’accord passé entre le Togo et les Etats-Unis afin d’empêcher l’extradition des citoyens de ces deux pays vers le Tribunal Pénal International. Cet accord, dit le rapport, entérine de facto l’impunité.

Franciscans International dénonce également les violences du gouvernement togolais contre les étudiants de l’université de Lomé lors de manifestations pacifiques sur leurs conditions de scolarité désastreuse.

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Togo Update : 2003 Marked Dramatic Deterioration of Human Rights

GENEVA - Jan. 6, 2004 - The human rights situation in Togo dramatically deteriorated in 2003, according to a year-end review compiled by Franciscans International’s (FI) advocacy department.
In its January Update in French, FI calls on the government in the West African country to make greater efforts in 2004 to rectify the situation.
FI cites as one alarming example an agreement last June between Togo and the United States that prohibit either country from sending the other’s citizens to the International Criminal Court without the expressed consent of the interested party. The agreement, says the report, enshrines de facto impunity.
The FI advocacy department also highlights episodes of government violence against university students in Lomé who peacefully protest appalling conditions.
The FI January Update gives a poor rating to Togo’s National Human Rights Commission. It recommends that this body : (1) recover its independence from the Togolese authorities and consequently its credibility, (2) establish a five-year plan to raise awareness on human rights issues, and (3) educate civil society and public officials on the existing national, regional and international standards dealing with the promotion and the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Although Togo is a Member State of the UN Commission on Human Rights, the FI monthly Updates (October, November and December) demonstrate that the situation remains problematic and that there is a pressing need for change.
Franciscan International thanks all those - especially from the Franciscan Family - who have sent messages of solidarity for the Franciscan brothers and sisters who serve the poorest and the most oppressed in Togo. Please, continue to send your words of encouragement and friendship to geneve

For more information about Togo, you can also visit our special West Africa section on our web site.

Franciscans International’s (FI) advocacy department


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