Convention against Torture
and Other Cruel, Inhuman
or Degrading Treatment
27 August 2019
Committee against Torture
Concluding observations on the third periodic report of
The Committee against Torture considered the third periodic report of Togo
(CAT/C/TGO/3) at its 1765th and 1768th meetings (see CAT/C/SR.1765 and
CAT/C/SR.1768), held on 26 and 29 July 2019, and adopted the present concluding
observations at its 1780th meeting, held on 7 August 2019.
The Committee commends the State party for having accepted the simplified
reporting procedure. It welcomes the submission of the third periodic report of the State
party but finds it regrettable that the report was submitted two years late.
The Committee appreciates the constructive dialogue held with the State party’s
delegation, which it thanks for the replies and additional information provided.
The Committee notes with satisfaction that, since the issuance of its previous
concluding observations (CAT/C/TGO/CO/2), the State party has ratified or acceded to the
following international instruments:
The International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced
Disappearance, in 2014;
The Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and
Political Rights, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty, in 2016.
The Committee also welcomes the following legislative and administrative measures
taken by the State party to give effect to the Convention:
Organic Act No. 2018-006 of 20 June 2018 on the composition, organization
and functioning of the National Human Rights Commission, which establishes the
Commission as the national mechanism for the prevention of torture;
The Personal and Family Code (Act No. 2012-014 of 6 July 2012), as
amended by Organic Act No. 2014-019 of 17 November 2014;
Act No. 2013-010 of 27 May 2013 on legal aid in Togo;
The new Criminal Code (Act No. 2015-010 of 24 November 2015), as
amended by Act No. 2016-027 of 11 October 2016;
* Adopted by the Committee at its sixty-seventh session (22 July–9 August 2019).