Africans Rising, Amnesty International and Front Line Defenders call on the Togolese authorities to immediately drop all charges related to the peaceful exercise of the rights to freedom of expression, including the charges of defamation and publishing of false news, and to release all the members of Mouvement Nubueke unless they are brought to fair trial on internationally recognisable criminal charges.
During the current protests in Togo some 200 people have lost their lives, a large number have been forced to migrate (some estimates put this figure in the thousands) and a number of people have been detained and tortured by government security forces, foremost among these being the Serious Crimes Unit of the Togo Police.
A pan-African delegation of activists on a fact-finding mission to Togo has found out the extent of the ongoing state clampdown on pro-democracy protests.
We call on the Togolese government to heed the voices of your citizens, which are being raised in peaceful protests, and to engage them civil to secure lasting, just and democratic solutions to their grievances.
“We stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Togo and call on President Faure Gnassing, to immediately re-instate the 1992 Constitution and, respect the term limits for the Presidency.”