Togo urged to stop torture and improve human rights

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Authorities in Togo have been urged by the United Nations human rights chief to stop and prevent the torture of detainees.

The call follows the release of a report which alleges that people involved in an alleged plot to take power in a military coup in 2009 were tortured while in prison.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay has welcomed the release of the report by the National Human Rights Commission of Togo.

Ravina Shamdasani is a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

"The report has found that the prisoners were subject to physical and moral violence of an inhuman and it recommends appropriate action against the perpetrators. It recommends reparation for victims and institutional reform of the National Intelligence Agency. We note the Government's commitment to implementing the recommendations of this report and we encourage them to take all necessary measures to ensure that justice and reparation for the victims is guaranteed and to prevent such acts from occurring in the future."Duration: 27"

The authorities in Togo are also being urged to continue to guarantee the independence of the National Human Rights Commission and to ensure that human rights defenders are able to do their work without intimidation.

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