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UA 171/20
Togo
Abgeschlossen am 17. Dezember 2020
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17.12.2020: Great news

Brigitte Kafui Adjamagbo and Gérard Yaovi Djossou were released today, under judicial supervision!

Amnesty spoke to them post release and both thanked Amnesty for its mobilisation efforts.

«Huge thanks to Amnesty , your mobilisation was really effective.» – Brigitte

«During my detention, my family informed me about all you have done. Thanks so much.» - Gérard

While we welcome the news for their release, the trumped-up charges against them have yet to be dropped so we will be reviewing the campaign strategy in the new year with Brigitte, Gerard and their lawyers and will issue a formal update then.

Thank you, as always, for your support and action!

 

09.12.2020: Suggested Tweet and correction

Correction:
This UA issued yesterday should be registered as  UA 171/20, not 162/20 as originally stated.
Sincere apologies for any inconvenience this has caused you.
Suggested tweet:
ENGLISH - @Adjamagbo_Kafui and Djossou Gerard, members of the Togolese opposition have been unjustly detained in Togo since 27-28 November. Call on @FEGnassingbe to stop this attempt to muzzle freedom of expression. #Togo #LiberezKafui UA 171/20
FRENCH - @Adjamagbo_Kafui et Djossou Gerard , membres de l’opposition togolaise sont injustement détenus au Togo depuis le 27-28 novembre . Demandez à @FEGnassingbe de mettre fin à cette tentative de museler la liberté d’opinion. #Togo #LiberezKafuiUA 171/20
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Opposition members arbitrarily detained

AI-Index: AFR 57/3437/2020

Political activists, Brigitte Kafui Adjamagbo and Gérard Yaovi Djossou – both members of the Dynamique Monseigneur Kpodrzo (DMK), a group of opposition parties and civil society organizations in Togo- were arrested respectively on 28 and 27 November after the DMK called for a demonstration to denounce the results of the February 2020 Presidential election and the judicial harassment of government opponents. They were charged with «criminal conspiracy» and «undermining the internal security of the state» and have since been detained. They must be immediately and unconditionally released.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

On 27 November, Gerard Yaovi Djossou was arrested in Lomé in traffic by plainclothes gendarmes. He was coming from a meeting with embassies. Brigitte Kafui Adjamagbo – who is also the West-Africa coordinator at the organisation, Women in Law and Development in Africa ( WILDAFF)- returned home following her visit at the SCRIC to see Gerard Yaovi Djossou accompanied by SCRIC agents, who searched her and her house, taking two backpacks containing personal documents, about ten notebooks, a computer and two hard drives.

On 21 April, 16 DMK members were arrested while they opposed the arrest of the opponent Agbéyomé Kodjo the same day. They were found guilty of «rebellion and complicity in rebellion» and sentenced to one year in prison with eight-months suspended. They were released on 25 August.

In February 2020, the Electoral Commission said that President Faure Gnassingbé had received 72% of the vote, compared with about 18% for his opponent Kodjo. Opposition leader Agbéyomé Kodjo has accused the authorities of widespread fraud and contested the re-election of Faure Gnassingbé.

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