1995/52. Situation of human rights in Togo

The Commission on Human Rights,

Guided by the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenants on Human Rights,

Recalling that, under Articles 55 and 56 of the Charter of the United Nations, all States Members of the Organization have an obligation to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms and to cooperate for that purpose,

Bearing in mind that Togo is a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and the African Charter of Human and Peoples' Rights,

Recalling its resolution 1994/78 of 9 March 1994 on the situation of human rights in Togo,

Welcoming the efforts made with a view to democratization, in particular the adoption of the Constitution of 14 October 1992, which accords high priority to human rights, and the establishment of an independent national human rights commission and a ministry of human rights,

Having examined the report of the Special Rapporteur on the question of torture (E/CN.4/1995/34 and Add.1), the report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions (E/CN.4/1995/61 and Add.1) and the report of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (E/CN.4/1995/36),

1. Takes note with interest of the report of the Secretary-General on the situation of human rights in Togo (E/CN.4/1995/16);

2. Welcomes the fact that Togo has set out on the road to democratic political change, and urges all Togolese to respect the outcome of the parliamentary elections of February 1994 and to ensure the effective functioning of the democratically elected parliament;

3. Also welcomes the progress made in the field of human rights and national reconciliation, in particular the amnesty law of December 1994 which has permitted the release of a number of political prisoners;

4. Urges the Togolese authorities to continue to further improve the situation of human rights;

5. Calls upon the Togolese authorities to comply fully with their obligations under the international human rights instruments to which Togo is a party;

6. Encourages the Togolese authorities to facilitate the participation of the organs of society in the process of democratization, including national institutions dealing with the promotion and protection of human rights;

7. Welcomes the forthcoming dispatch to Togo, at the request of the Government of Togo, of an evaluation mission of the Centre for Human Rights with a view to the elaboration of an appropriate programme of technical assistance to strengthen the structures for the promotion and protection of human rights in Togo, within the framework of the Centre's programme of advisory services and technical assistance;

8. Strongly encourages the Government of Togo to continue its cooperation with the Centre for Human Rights through the Centre's programme of advisory services and technical assistance;

9. Requests the Secretary-General to submit to the Commission at its fifty-second session, with a view to ending consideration of the question under the agenda item entitled "Advisory services in the field of human rights", a report on the implementation of the present resolution.
53rd meeting
3 March 1995
[Adopted without a vote. See chap. XXI. E/CN.4/1995/176]


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