During an unprecedented economic crisis and continual violation of human
rights, the dictatorial regime for over 33 years, known as the government
of Togo, prepares for the Summit of the Organization of African Unity in
In fact, since the beginning of the nineties, Togo remains one of the
rare West African countries where democracy is systematically blocked by
the dictatorial regime of General Gnassingbe Eyadema. This situation is
contrary to the principals and practices of global democracy for the 21st
century, driving the European Union to suspend its cooperation with Togo
The social and economic consequences of the internal crisis and difficulties
that the Togolese government has with a large international debt is acutely
felt throughout the population by the:
- Inflationary prices of the most basic necessities.
- Unpaid salaries and benefits to all public servants, especially to
teachers and retired personnel.
- Unpaid family allowances to beneficiaries from the National Social
- Closing of schools because of the financial and material degradation
within the school system.
- Decline of the health system even including the primary essentials
- Police violence and military repression of all peaceful protests
made to reclame legitimacy and the improvement of living conditions.
Considering the ideals of the Organization of African Unity which are
democratic and aimed towards durable development of African peoples,
Considering the incapacity of the dictatorial regime of General Eyadema
to efficiently govern Togo in regards to these realizations and ideals,
Considering that the organization of such a summit necessitates colossal
investments and a serene democratic climate,
Considering that Togo does not currently fulfill these conditions,
Considering that the Togolese government and the opposition parties
have a historical responsibility to consecrate their efforts to find a
durable solution to the political, economic and social crisis in Togo.
The Togolese Diaspora for Democracy (DIASTODE) upholds these legitimate
revendications and shares the suffering of the Togolese people.
- Estimates that the economic, social and political crisis that the
Togolese people are living through is not conducive to organizing the Summit
of the Organization of African Unity worthy to its name.
- Asks that the member states and the Secretary General of the OAU,
the European Union, the Organization of United Nations, the USA and the
creditors of international funds do not invest human, material or especially
financial resources into the organization of the OAU Summit in Togo this
- Asks the business men and women of Togo to withhold financial support
for the preparations and the organization of the OAU Summit in Togo.
- Asks the government of General Eyadema and the opposition to consecrate
their efforts moreover to the organizaiton and the realization of the democratic
elections in Togo.
Ottawa (Ontario) Canada, February 24, 2000
For the Secretary of Diastode
Dr Emmanuel Kossivi Ayigah