Recognition and Protection of Human Rights Defenders in Togo: The Draft Bill Discussed Among Stakeholders

The Ministry of Human Rights, Citizenship Training and Relations with the Institutions of the Republic organised on Tuesday 10 August in Lomé, a meeting with Human Rights Organisations (HROs) to discuss the draft bill on the recognition and protection of human rights defenders in Togo.

In the perspective of providing the country with a law on the recognition and protection of human rights defenders in Togo, the ministry in charge of human rights recruited a consultant with the support of UNDP to assist in the development of this draft law.

“After the working sessions with the various actors concerned, a meeting is planned for the consultant to share and exchange with stakeholders in order to finalise the proposed text,” explained the Director of Cabinet of the Ministry in charge of Human Rights, Djeri Adjawè.

The present activity aims at improving the draft with regard to international human rights standards and the national context in order to create a safe and favourable environment for the defence of human rights.

The finalised document defines the legal framework for the exercise of the functions of human rights defenders, the role of the State in the protection and recognition of human rights defenders. It also includes the ethics of human rights defenders, the definition of their activities, their rights and duties.

According to Mr. Djeri, the government is multiplying efforts to clean up the human rights environment. He said that the respect of human rights is fundamental, because without this respect no development is possible. The cabinet director recalled that human rights organisations had proposed a draft bill to the ministry since 12 November 2019.

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