Torture Prevention in Togo
Two activities took place in Togo from 20 - 24 October 2008: a Seminar for Parliamentarians and advocacy and awareness raising for the ratification and the implementation of the OPCAT.
||20 - 24 October 2008
Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)
OHCHR - Togo
Parliamentary Commission on Human Rights
1. Seminar for Parliamentarians (22 - 23 October 2008)
The workshop came up with a national strategy with four key components namely: ratification of regional and international treaties, legislative reform, control of government and participation of parliamentarians in the work of treaty bodies. A Follow-up Committee was established, comprised of three parliamentarians, a representative of the National Human Rights Commission and a representative of the Civil Society Organizations. It was also agreed that a follow-up workshop would be organized in October 2008, to assess the implementation of short term objectives of the national strategy and to discuss the way forward towards the implementation of mid-term and long-term objectives. It is in this context that the APT was again invited to Togo to participate in and facilitate the October seminar.
Development of the Seminar
The Chairperson of the Follow-up Committee established in February 2008 presented its report on the implementation of short term objectives. The presentation, which was followed by lively discussions, showed that the Committee faced three kind of challenges namely lack of financial resources, administrative problems and lack of clarity on the legal nature of the Committee.
Participants discussed possible solutions to overcome problems and to facilitate the future work of the Committee and the implementation of the national strategy in general. The workshop adopted recommendations to guide the future work of the Follow-up Committee and to overcome the challenges facing the implementation of long-term objectives of the national strategy.
2. Advocacy and awareness raising for the ratification and the implementation of the OPCAT
Bilateral advocacy meetings
OPCAT roundtable discussion
||The Parliamentarians seminar adopted recommendations as a way forward towards the strengthening of the role of parliamentarians in treaty bodies' recommendations including those of the Committee against Torture (CAT).
National actors are better informed on the OPCAT and the benefits and implications of a ratification by Togo.
The APT will:
||Jean-Baptiste Niyizurugero, APT Africa Programme Officer