teachers and students are still detained six months after the strike

teachers and students are still detained six months after the strike

teachers and students are still detained six months after the strike

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Four Togolese students and three Togolese teachers remain imprisoned in Dapaong prison, almost six months after the strike led by their teachers.

Shadow in the back-to-school picture this week in Togo: four students, including a girl, remain incarcerated in Dapaong prison, almost six months after the strike led by their teachers. While the three professors who are members of the Teachers Union of Togo (SET) are being held in the capital, Lomé, the five students are being held in Dapaong, in the northern Savanes region.

Students of ” destruction of public and private property ” and the ” public disturbances “. And to the teachers of inciting students and others to rebel “.

“A violation of freedom of association”

Maître Kpandé-Adzaré is the lawyer for these teachers before the Committee on Freedom of Association of the International Labor Organisation, before the ECOWAS Court of Justice and before the Togolese courts. He denounces judicial harassment that violates the right to strike.

They were imprisoned in the civil prison of Lomé and falsely accused of inciting rebellion through signs of concentration. The folder is empty. And it has been more than twice that the lawyers have submitted a request for provisional release. The first time they were told that the teachers did not represent guarantees of representativeness. They sought guarantees for their representation. And this time, it is said that the case is complex and that keeping the teachers in detention is necessary for the purposes of the procedure. It’s incomprehensible. This is serious and is a violation of freedom of association. We need to discuss with teachers, find common ground and not recruit teachers and jail them along with their students. We never solved a problem. And I think it really just exacerbates dissatisfaction and frustration. »

Two weeks ago, the Martin Luther King movement, a civil society organization, appealed to the government as we approach the start of the new school year on September 26. The place of the three SET teachers as well as the five students is not in jail, says the Martin Luther King movement.

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