Lome, 16 December, 2021 / 9:05 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in Togo have, in a collective statement, expressed concerns about the recent “series of arrests” by the government of the West African nation, and called for the release of those detained.
In the statement issued Wednesday, December 15, members of the Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET) say, “The series of arrests of people, for variously appreciated reasons, which we have been witnessing recently, is causing fear among the population.”
“These arrested people are added to others who have been arrested for some time and who are in detention in conditions that are often very difficult, even inhuman,” Catholic Bishops in Togo say.
CET members note that the arbitrary arrests “obviously create desolation and resentment in families and communities, which is detrimental to peace and social cohesion.”
“Faced with this situation, the Bishops in Togo express their concern and plead for their release,” the Catholic Church leaders in Togo say in their December 15 collective statement.