Paris, 31 May 2006
’The absence of impartial investigations to establish the individual responsibility of perpetrators of torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment (…) contributes to the climate of impunity that reigns in Togo’ (Article 22 of the recommendations of the Committee against Torture).
The International Federation of Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture (FIACAT), an ecumenical association working in 33 countries on 4 continents, welcomes the adoption of the recommendations of the Committee against Torture, following consideration of the initial report of Togo.
FIACAT shares the concerns expressed by the Committee against Torture in their entirety and calls on the Togolese Government to implement as swiftly as possible the concrete recommendations which this UN body has addressed to it.
In line with the Committee’s recommendations, FIACAT calls in particular on Togo:
To incorporate into its domestic law the definition of torture as it appears in Article 1 of the Convention against Torture;
To take effective measures to prevent the physical and mental assault of detainees (be they in custody or in prison), not least by guaranteeing them the right to consult a lawyer and doctor of their choice and by improving conditions of detention;
To demonstrate unwavering political will in putting an end to the impunity that has reigned for too long in Togo.
FIACAT will closely monitor implementation by the Togolese state of the recommendations made by the Committee against Torture.