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The authorities repressed the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. Media freedom was threatened, with newspapers suspended and journalists given prison sentences for “defamation” or publishing “false” news. The ECOWAS Court of Justice issued rulings in three cases, denouncing incidents of torture and other ill-treatment of detainees, and arbitrary arrests and detention in Togo. NGOs denounced allegations of official corruption. Access to maternal health services was hampered by staff shortages, dilapidated equipment and poor quality of care.

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