Togo on the path to abolition
On December 10, Togo’s Council of Ministers adopted a bill proposing to do away with capital punishment. The World Coalition wrote to the Togolese authorities to welcome their initiative.
The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), a member of the World Coalition, and its branch in Togo, the Togolese League for Human Rights (LTDH), also hailed the introduction of the bill. The proposed legislation must know go through parliament.
“FIDH and LTDH call on the lawmakers who will soon examine the abolition of the death penalty to transcend their divisions and prepare Togo for a safer future, with more respect for human rights, by passing the bill carrying the abolition of the death penalty in Togo,” both organisations said in a communiqué.
Soon after the introduction of the bill, Togo voted in favour of the resolution on a worldwide moratorium at the recent session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Togo adopted a moratorium on execution 30 years ago and ratified the International Covenant for civil and political rights in 1984.