Banjul, 30 November 2021: About 25 lawyers and human rights defenders in Togo have agreed to constitute a pool of lawyers and human rights defenders for the promotion and protection of human rights in Togo.

In a workshop facilitated by IHRDA and Centre de Documentation et de Formation sur les Droits de l’Homme (CDFDH), 30 November 2021 in Lomé, Togo, the lawyers and human rights defenders agreed to constitute a pool with the name “POOL-ADDH TOGO”.

The mission of the pool is to “promote the respect for national, regional and international human rights standards in Togo through legal and advocacy actions at the national, regional and international levels”. The pool aims to position itself as a collective of lawyers and human rights defenders ready and available to help vulnerable people and victims of human rights violations in Togo. Pool members commit to work in synergy to monitor, document and report on the human rights situation in Togo, and offer victims of human rights violations legal assistance at domestic and supranational levels.

This activity falls within the framework of a project funded by National Endowment for Democracy (NED), USA, to build a legal environment for the protection of human rights and strengthen the use and effective of the African human rights system in Togo and Sierra Leone.