Togo - Overview

A combination of bureaucratic hurdles and intimidation in practice impedes the work of Togo’s civil society organisations, human rights defenders and journalists. People face problems when trying to get their associations formally registered, particularly when those associations are critical of the state or stand for LGBTI people’s rights. Peaceful protests are protected by law but regularly broken up by the security forces, often with disproportionate force. Togo enjoys a vibrant media but an overzealous regulatory body sometimes interferes with press freedoms. Journalists and media houses also face threats and harassment in an attempt to silence critics.