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UN Subcommission calls for respect for human rights

The UN Subcommission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights on Friday called on the Togolese government to strive to ensure that all human rights are respected and protected in Togo.

It also endorsed a proposal from Togo's government requesting the secretaries-general of the United Nations and the Organization of African Unity to create a commission of inquiry to help it comply with international human rights standards.

In May, Amnesty International had claimed in a report that hundreds of opposition activists had been killed in Togo after disputed presidential elections in mid-1998.

The Togolese minister for the promotion of democracy and rule of law, Harry Olympio, dismissed the allegations in the Amnesty report, which he said "was characterized by its frivolousness" and said an inquiry should be set up under UN and OAU auspices.


This article was produced by IRIN News while it was part of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Please send queries on copyright or liability to the UN. For more information: https://shop.un.org/rights-permissions

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