Togo

Several protests banned, one person killed in opposition protest

Peaceful assemblies continue to be regularly banned, while restrictions - such as the imposition of itineraries and/or a heavy presence of security forces - are placed on the rare cases of protests that are authorised by local authorities. Read more

Several protests banned, one person killed in opposition protest
French

Heavy prison sentences for HRDs

On 16th January 2019, the correctional court of Lomé sentenced activist and youth leader Folly Satchivi, of the movement 'En aucun cas', to a prison sentence of 36 months, of which 12 months suspended. Read more

Heavy prison sentences for HRDs
French

Opposition protests turn deadly ahead of elections on 20th December

On 5th December 2018, Minister of Territorial Administration Payadowa Boukpessi banned all protests in the streets during the duration of the electoral period on grounds of "very high risk of severe disturbance of public order". Despite the general ban issued by authorities, opposition protests went ahead in Togo's capital Lomé and in other cities throughout the country, with several people killed during protest-related violence between 8th and 1oth December 2018. Read more

Opposition protests turn deadly ahead of elections on 20th December
French

HRDs remain in detention: civil society protests

On 22nd August 2018, security forces arrested activist, youth leader and spokesperson of the social movement 'En aucun cas' (Under no circumstances) Folly Satchivi as he was on his way to offices of a NGO in Bè-Gakpoto in Lomé where he was to hold a press conference on the deteriorating socio-political climate in the country Read more

HRDs remain in detention: civil society protests
French

Authorities threaten human rights group with legal action for publishing report

On 30th July 2018, the Ligue Togolaise des Droits de l’Homme (LTDH; Togolese League of Human Rights) presented their report "La répression et la torture contre le changement démocratique" (The Repression and Torture against Democratic Change), outlining human rights abuses related to the anti-government protests between 19th August 2017 and 20th July 2018, in Lomé. Read more

Authorities threaten human rights group with legal action for publishing report

New opposition protests and HRD arrested as political dialogue comes to a halt

On 11th April 2018, security forces dispersed opposition protests in Lomé and other towns in the country, reportedly using tear gas and causing several injuries. According to the opposition coalition, at least 25 people were injured and two opposition leaders were targeted by security forces. Read more

 New opposition protests and HRD arrested as political dialogue comes to a halt

Protests continue as international pressure mounts for a political dialogue

There have been an increasing number of calls to end repression of protesters in Togo. At the end of October, West African leaders broke their silence on the crisis and called for a dialogue between the government and the opposition. Read more

Protests continue as international pressure mounts for a political dialogue

Anti-Gnassingbe protests continue: several deaths, arrests and harassement

As reported previously on the Monitor, authorities disrupted the access to social media and internet on 5th September hours before fresh planned opposition protests. The access was restored five days later, on 10th September. Nonetheless the internet disruption, protests took place on 6 and 7 September to call for constitutional reforms, including a return to the 1992 Constitution which limits the presidential mandate to two terms. The opposition protests follow the protests a couple of weeks earlier, on 19th August, which cost the lives of several protesters. Read more

Anti-Gnassingbe protests continue:  several deaths, arrests and harassement

Social media and internet disruption in an attempt to prevent opposition protest

Reports indicate that access to social media has been disrupted since 5th September in Togo. At the time of writing, access to social media platforms such as Whatsapp and Facebook are limited, while internet speed has been considerably reduced. The disruption to communication channels has come as opposition planned to protest on 6th September over the police brutality and use of excessive force at an opposition protest calling for presidential term limits held on 19th August that led to several deaths, injuries and arrests of protesters, as previously reported on the Monitor. The anti-Gnassingbé protests on 6th September drew thousands in the capital Lomé and in centres close to the capital, such as Be’ and Agoe. Read more

Social media and internet disruption in an attempt to prevent opposition protest

Protesters killed as security forces violently disperse opposition protests

On 19th August 2017, clashes between security forces and protesters in four localities of the country led to several deaths, injuries and arrests of protesters. Read more

Protesters killed as security forces violently disperse opposition protests