- Title: TOGO: TOGOLESE HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP DEMAND INVESTIGATION INTO RECENT DEATHS,
- Date: 4th March 2005
- Summary: (BN01) LOME, TOGO (MARCH 3, 2005) (REUTERS) 1. CU: MAN INJURED IN RECENT VIOLENCE 0.03 2. SOUNDBITE (French) AKW ADOT GANDHI, PRESIDENT OF THE TOGOLESE LEAGUE OF HUMAN RIGHTS, SAYING: "The inhuman and degrading treatment is the work of a group of militiamen and soldiers whom we identified." 0.13 3. MV/ZOOM/CU: THREE BODIES OF VICTIMS LEFT NEAR A LAGOON (3 SHOTS) 0.28 4. SOUNDBITE (French) AKW ADOT GANDHI, PRESIDENT OF THE TOGOLESE LEAGUE OF HUMAN RIGHTS, SAYING: According to witnesses, there were trucks of soldiers and they carried away casualties, including some injured people we think could have died. Therefore we persist in demanding, through the Togolese League of Human Rights, the opening of an independent investigation. 0.50 5. CU: BACK OF INJURED MAN SHOWING SCARS 0.53 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 19th March 2005 12:00
- Location: LOME, TOGO
- Country: Togo
- Reuters ID: LVA5DF9YI3527CTGPGJM0G8FP6MO
- Story Text: Togolese League of Human Rights demands
investigation into recent deaths.
EDITORS: QUALITY AS INCOMING
The head of the Togolese League of Human Rights,
Adote Akwei, on Thursday (March 3) demanded the opening
of independant investigation into recent violence which has
left at least five dead in the past four days.
On Tuesday, (March 1) Togo's government said opposition
leaders would be held responsible for actions carried out
At least four people were killed during demonstrations in
Interior Minister Francois Boko said in a statement that
five bodies had been found in the opposition stronghold of
Be, where police fired tear gas late into Sunday to disperse
groups of youths setting up barricades.
Three bodies were fished from a lagoon on Monday while two
others were found elsewhere in Be.
Boko said a judicial inquiry had been started. He told
Reuters that the three bodies showed no signs of bullet
wounds and that he did not think the security forces were
Togo's League of Human Rights said two of the three bodies
found in the lagoon showed signs of beatings.
Police fired tear gas late into Sunday night to disperse
groups of discontented youths who were barricading streets
in Be with tree trunks and flaming tyres.
At least four demonstrators were shot dead earlier this
month when security forces fired live bullets into crowds
of demonstrating youths.
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