Amnesty International believes that the arrest of Togolese opposition leaders last weekend "seems to be strictly linked to the call for demonstrations and appears as a new illustration of the authorities wanting to silence the opposition and dissenting voices" . The NGO demands immediate and unconditional release of these personalities.
"The arbitrary arrests of opponents last weekend are part of a growing crackdown on dissenting voices by the Togolese authorities since the re-election of President Faure Gnassingbé for a fourth term in February," said the non-governmental organization in a statement on Tuesday.
According to Amnesty International's deputy regional director for West and Central Africa, Marceau Sivieude, "the arrest of the two opponents appears to be strictly linked to the call for demonstrations and appears to be news illustration of the authorities wanting to silence the opposition and dissenting voices ".
"The Togolese authorities must immediately and unconditionally release Brigitte Kafui Adjamagbo-Johnson and Gérard Yaovi Djossou, and respect the freedom of expression and peaceful demonstration of all people, incl-