ACAT-Togo remains at the front for security
Publié le mardi 12 octobre 2021, par Gabinho
If Togo has made important steps in the dynamics of the abolition of the death penalty, becoming one of the abolitionist countries for a long time, the fear of a backtracking is persistent, to the point that ACAT- Togo considers it useful to maintain the flame of securing such an achievement. In front of the press Saturday, that is to say on the eve of World Day of the Death Penalty, celebrated every October 10, in a statement to draw the attention of different actors to what needs to be done to secure this abolition of the death penalty.
Government, Parliamentarians and CSOs are therefore called upon ...
FINAL DECLARATION OF THE ROUND TABLE ON SECURING THE ABOLITION OF THE DEATH PENALTY IN TOGO
We, participants in the round table on securing the abolition of the death penalty in the Togolese Republic, organized in Lomé on October 09, 2021, by ACAT TOGO and FIACAT with the financial assistance of the French Agency for development (AFD) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) of Luxembourg :
Convinced that the right to life of each individual to life is a fundamental value in any society and that the abolition of the death penalty is essential for the protection of this right and also for the full recognition of the inherent dignity of every human being ;
Convinced that all the Holy Scriptures consecrate the sacred and inviolable character to human life ;
Recalling that the abolition of the death penalty does not mean impunity for criminals
Recalling that Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) protects the right to life ;
Recalling that Article 13 of the Constitution of the Togolese Republic of September 27, 2012 amended by Law No. 2019-003 of May 15, 2019 guarantees the right to life and the sacred and inviolable character of the human person,
Recalling that the Togolese Republic has not carried out any executions since 1978 ;
Referring to Resolution 136 adopted by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) in November 2008 in Abuja (Nigeria) which calls on Member States of the African Union to apply a moratorium on the death penalty and ratify the Second Optional Protocol to the ICCPR aimed at abolishing the death penalty ;
Welcoming Togo’s adherence to the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights aimed at abolishing the death penalty ;
Welcoming Togo’s vote in favor of United Nations General Assembly resolutions calling for a universal moratorium on executions ;
Congratulating Togo for this commitment in favor of the protection of the right to life ;
● Encourage the Government to :
Take part in the group of friendly states of the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights aimed at abolishing the death penalty ;
Contribute to forthcoming resolutions on the death penalty by joining the group of states supporting these resolutions at the United Nations Human Rights Council ;
Support the draft Additional Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the abolition of the death penalty in Africa of the African Union.
● Invite Parliamentarians to :
Authorize Togo to commit to the adoption of the draft Additional Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the abolition of the death penalty in Africa by the African Union.
● Call on civil society organizations to :
Set up a high-level advocacy group to monitor the security of the abolition of the death penalty in Togo ;
Sensitize religious leaders, customary chiefs, parliamentarians, local elected officials, journalists, justice actors and the population on securing abolition ;
Remain mobilized on the issue of securing the abolition of the death penalty.
● We invite the technical and financial partners to :
Continue their support for actions in favor of the abolition of the death penalty.
Done in Lomé, October 09, 2021