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UN RIGHTS REPORT LINKS SECURITY FORCES TO RIGHTS ABUSES DURING PRESIDENTIAL POLLS









Geneva, 26 September 2005 - Togo’s security and armed forces played a major role in the human rights violations committed before, during and after the country’s presidential elections last April, although opposition activists were also responsible for abuses, according to a new report from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
The report, the product of a fact-finding mission dispatched to Togo in June by High Commissioner Louise Arbour to look at events set off by the death of Togolese President Gnassingbé Eyadéma in February, says reliable information indicates that between 400 and 500 people were killed and thousands injured in violence connected to the April polls.
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