Togo is experiencing a serious socio-political crisis. Mistreatment and arbitrary arrests are on the rise. Here is the current situation.
— Published on 31 January 2019.
The opposition parties and the Togolese civil society have been mobilised since the month of August in 2017 to denounce the corruption, social injustice, and human rights violations committed by those in positions of authority.
After a year of observation, the Associations Against Impunity Collective in Togo (the CACIT) published their report regarding the respect and protection of fundamental rights and freedoms on September 19th, 2018. The association’s staff members were denied entry to certain detention centres including places of custody. This also occurred during the “raids” that took place on the eve of the April and May 2018 protests. Due to limited access to the facilities, the data collected was only partial. Mass arrests, ill treatment and summary trial conditions are described as common practices.