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Latest news from Togo

BENIN-TOGO: Some refugees return, but 19,000 remain

COME, 14 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - While some of the refugees who streamed across the border from Togo into Benin by the thousands last April have finally gone home, more than 19,000 are still in exile, according to the UN refugee agency.Full report

BENIN-GHANA-TOGO: Food running out for Togolese refugees

DAKAR, 16 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - Over 65,000 people forced to flee Togo or seek shelter within the country from political violence, will stop receiving essential food aid unless the World Food Programme secures just US $1 million from donors by the end of the year. Full report

TOGO: Official inquiry says 154 died in political violence

LOME, 11 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - A much-awaited official probe into the political violence that rocked Togo earlier this year says 154 people were killed and 654 hurt, and calls on the government to punish those responsible. Full report

TOGO: Radio France Internationale back on air

LOME, 8 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - Radio France Internationale made its return to Togo’s airwaves after a six month government blockade as the country opened an international media summit that ended on Tuesday.Full report

TOGO: One small step toward free press, EU aid

LOME, 18 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - An opposition-leaning journalist has taken over as head of Togo's media regulatory body amid promises of a freer press – one of the key conditions set by the European Union for resuming the aid it cut off more than a decade ago.Full report

TOGO: Journalists take to the streets to protest beating of fellow reporter

LOME, 12 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - Journalists, human rights activists and opposition leaders took to the streets of the Togolese capital, Lome, on Wednesday to protest the recent beating of an editor of an opposition newspaper. Full report

TOGO: UN report says at least 400 people died in political violence

LOME, 26 Sep 2005 (IRIN) - Between 400 and 500 people were killed and thousands wounded in Togo during political violence earlier this year and state authorities must shoulder most of the blame, the United Nations said on Monday. Full report

TOGO: President pledges quick parliamentary polls, but is the country ready?

LOME, 23 Sep 2005 (IRIN) - After being voted into office five months ago amid street violence and claims of electoral fraud, Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbe has pledged to hold transparent parliamentary polls as soon as possible.Full report

TOGO: Tough times for dependents of thousands who fled post election violence

ATAKPAME, 16 Sep 2005 (IRIN) - Nearly five months after election violence in Togo, thousands of opposition supporters remain exiled in Benin and Ghana, making life difficult for the dependents they left behind.Full report

TOGO: Law passed to crack down on child traffickers

LOME, 4 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - Togo’s parliament this week unanimously passed a law slapping tough punishment on child traffickers, their accomplices and in some cases the parents of victims. Full report


IRIN Focuses & Interviews for Togo

TOGO: Battling men's reticence to have pregnant women tested for HIV

BENIN-TOGO: Refugees from Togo still trickling across the border

TOGO: All calm in the heartland of the ruling elite

TOGO: Torture and bullets used against government opponents - victims

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