Togo: Human Rights and LGBT People

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 4th December 2018.

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Photo of Teresa Pearce Teresa Pearce Labour, Erith and Thamesmead

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to encourage the Togo Government to accept recommendations made by the UN for it to (a) repeal laws which target human rights defenders and (b) implement laws which protect LGBTI people in that country.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Joint with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The British Government strongly supports the delivery and upholding of human rights for all. During the UN Universal Periodic Review for Togo in October 2016, the UK welcomed its accession to the Second Operational Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights on the abolition of the death penalty as well as its election to the Human Rights Council. The UK raised concerns on: child trafficking, prison policies, prison overcrowding and the treatment of detainees. We recommended that allegations of arbitrary arrest and detention and allegations of torture should be investigated thoroughly.

Togo has subsequently made welcome progress on human rights, taking steps to prevent torture and other human rights violations by the security forces. The continued resistance to ensure the protection of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people remains deeply troubling and we urge the Government of Togo to implement laws that protect all individuals.

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