Annual Report: Togo 2013

May 29, 2013

Annual Report: Togo 2013

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  • In October, Justin Anani, a journalist affiliated to the International Federation of Journalists, was attacked by security forces in Lomé while covering a protest march organized by the CST and other opposition groups.

Prison conditions

Conditions in many detention centres amounted to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment due to overcrowding and lack of access to health care. The situation reportedly led to a number of deaths, including at least 19 prisoners at Lomé civil prison.

  • In May, Bertin Sama, charged with drug trafficking, died from a lung infection at Lomé civil prison. He had repeatedly sought care but was transferred to hospital only two days before he died.


In April, the TJRC issued its first report after conducting interviews with victims and alleged perpetrators of political violence between 1958 and 2005. The President asked for forgiveness on behalf of the nation and the authorities committed to take appeasement actions and award compensation to victims. However, at the end of the year, no concrete action had been taken.

Amnesty International visits/reports

  • Togo: The authorities censor a report denouncing torture (AFR 57/001/2012)
  • Togo: Vague d'arrestations et répression de manifestants (AFR 57/004/2012)