Document - Togo: Further information: Twelve activists released, four still detained



Further information on UA: 59/10 Index: AFR 57/002/2010 Togo Date: 6 April 2010


URGENT ACTION

TWELVE ACTIVISTS released, FOUR still detained

Twelve of the political activists arrested around the Togolese presidential election have been released on bail: they were not ill-treated during the month they spent in custody. A least four are still detained in the northern prison of Kara.

The four people still detained, Fulbert Attisso, Guillaume Coco, Yaovi Abobi and Eric Solewassi, are all members of the Citizens’ Movement for an Alternative(Mouvement Citoyen pour l'Alternance, MCA). They have been charged with "an attempt on the security of the state" (atteinte à la sûreté de l’État) and are held in the prison in Kara (420 km north of the capital, Lomé) which makes it much more difficult for their families and lawyers to visit them. Conditions at the prison are known to be harsh.

The other 12 political activists including Augustin Glokpon and Jacob Benissan, were released on bail on 31 March. They are members of the main opposition party, the Union of Forces for Change (Union des Forces de Changement, UFC).The two members of the opposition party Organization to Build Togo in Solidarity (Organisation pour bâtir dans l’Union un Togo solidaire,OBUTS), who were arrested after the election as they were distributing leaflets, Gérard AdjaandEmmanuelAtayi,were also released, on 30 March and 1 April respectively, along with eight other people.

PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in French, English or your own language:

  • Calling on the authorities to ensure that Fulbert Attisso, Guillaume Coco, Yaovi Abobi and Eric Solewassi are protected from torture and other ill-treatment, and have regular access to their families, lawyers, and any medical attention they may require ;

  • Calling on them to order an impartial investigation into their case and give them a prompt, fair trial or else release them.


PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 18 MAY 2010 TO:

Minister of Security and Civil Protection

Colonel Atcha TITIKPINA

Ministre de la Sécurité et de la Protection Civile

Ministère de la Sécurité et de la Protection Civile

BP 12175, Lomé, Togo

Fax: +228 222 61 50

+228 222 21 84

Salutation: Dear Minister/

Monsieur le Ministre

Minister of Justice

Kokou Biossey TOZOUN

Ministre de la Justice

Ministère de la Justice

BP 121, Lomé, Togo

Fax: +228 222 29 06

+228 221 54 91

Salutation: Dear Minister/

Monsieur le Ministre



And copies to:

Embassy of Togo in France

Tchao SOTOU BERE

Ambassador of Togo in France

8 rue Alfred Roll 

75017 Paris, France

Fax: +331 43 80 06 05

Salutation: Dear Ambassador/

Monsieur l’Ambassadeur


Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date. This is the first update of UA 59/10. Further information: Further information: www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AFR57/001/2010/en

URGENT ACTION

TWELVE ACTIVISTS released, FOUR still detained

ADditional Information

The incumbent, Faure Gnassingbe, won Togo's presidential election on 4 March 2010. He had been appointed to the government in 2003 by his father, General Gnassingbé Eyadéma, who ruled the country for more than 40 years, until his death in 2005.

The 4 March election took place amid allegations of widespread fraud, condemned by opposition party leaders speaking to demonstrations, which were banned or dispersed with teargas.

Further information on UA: 59/10 Index: AFR 57/002/2010 Issue Date: 6 April 2010

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