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UN man on torture and inhuman treatment on a ten day mission to Togo

Posted by African Press International on April 13, 2007

Lome (Togo) The special rapporteur of the United Nations on torture and other inhuman treatments, Manfred Nowak, Thursday started a ten-day mission in Togo, APA has learnt.

The visit will enable Nowak to gather information on human rights in Togo particularly on prevention of torture.

“I came to Lome to establish the facts on torture in the country and start cooperation with the Togolese government on torture prevention,” Nowak told the media.

During his stay, the official will hold discussions with Togolese authorities including the head of state, the prime minister, the ministers of Human rights, foreign affairs, justice, local government, as well as members of the National Human rights commission.

Nowak will hold working sessions with officials of international organisations, NGOs and civil society organisations before visiting detention centres in the country.

International organisations and NGOs working on human rights in Togo often accuse the country of human rights violation and especially of torture.

The UN official will also assess the respect of these commitments by Togo.

Published by Korir, African Press in Norway, apn, africanpress@chello.no tel +47 932 99 739 +47 6300 2525 source.apa

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