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Rosa* : Young LGBTI rights "lawyer"

Openly defending gay rights in Africa is a dangerous business. You may face many different risks: office raids, arbitrary arrest, prosecution for "unnatural" acts, stigma and even violence in the street. West Africa is no exception: the decriminalization of homosexuality is a sensitive topic that is regularly exploited by political and religious leaders and the media. And yet human rights defenders such as Rosa are emerging in this hostile environment by working and fighting day by day to demand respect for LGBTI rights, and to find a safe place for youths abandoned by their families because of their sexual orientation.

Date:
16 May 2017
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Togo: Detained community leader wrongly charged: Salomée T. Abalodo

Salomée T. Abalodo, a farmer and community leader, has been charged with ‘rebellion’ and ‘participation in an unauthorised protest’. She was arrested in the district of Pagouda (Kara, northern region of Togo) on 13 April after taking pictures of wounded protestors and asking the local authorities to keep security forces from using excessive force on peaceful demonstrators. She is detained at a prison in Kara.

Date:
10 May 2017
Ref:
AFR 57/6193/2017
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Togo: The participating states to the UPR review must call for the protection of the rights to freedom of association, peaceful assembly and expression in Togo

Togo will be examined under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) for the second time on 31 October 2016. Since Togo’s first UPR in 2011, the human rights situation on the ground has stagnated. The authorities have ignored, or only partially implemented, several of the recommendations and continued to clamp down on peaceful demonstrations, journalists and human rights defenders. Human rights violations, including torture and unlawful killings, are still committed with impunity.

Date:
27 October 2016
Ref:
AFR 03/5064/2016
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Togo: Authorities have failed to live up to their commitments and human rights situation has stagnated

Togo’s human rights situation has stagnated and the authorities have failed to live up to the commitments made to the international community five years ago, Amnesty International said in a report published today, as President Faure Gnassingbé marks his 11 years in power. The report “Togo: Human rights – A long way to go” shows that the authorities have ignored or only partially implemented several of the recommendations made to Togo in the previous Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in 2011.

Date:
4 May 2016
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Togo Authorities must guarantee the right to demonstrate before the elections

Togolese authorities must ensure that freedoms of assembly and expression are respected in the run-up to presidential elections, due on 25 April. They must also ensure that excessive use of force, like that which was seen last month, is not tolerated under any circumstance, Amnesty International said today. New information obtained by Amnesty International shows that gendarmes and military fired live bullets at protesters on 25 March at a rally in the city of Glei, 160 km north of the capital Lomé.

Date:
21 April 2015