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Togo has counterterrorism provisions in its Criminal Code. There is no carve-out for the exercise of fundamental human rights.

Compliance with International Law:
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The Definition of Terrorism in Domestic Law

Terrorism is defined in the Criminal Code as including the following:

1) offences relating to the security of civil aviation, maritime navigation, ports and fixed platforms;

2) hostage-taking and offences against internationally protected persons;

3) terrorist bombings and nuclear terrorism which tend, by any means, to intentionally cause:

(a) the death of others, or serious injuries or grievous bodily harm to others; or

(b) serious damage to public or private property, including public property, government or public facilities, the public transportation system, infrastructure or the environment; or

(c) damage to the property, premises, installations or systems mentioned in paragraph b of this article, which cause or are likely to cause considerable economic costs, when the conduct complained of, by its nature or its context, is intended to intimidate a population or to compel a government or international organization to do or not do an act.Art. 716, Criminal Code of Togo.

Adherence to Global and Regional Terrorism Treaties


Togo is a State Party to most of the main United Nations treaties on terrorism.


Adherence to Global Terrorism Treaties
Treaty Adherence
1973 Convention on Crimes against Internationally Protected Persons State Party
1979 Hostage-Taking Convention State Party
1997 Terrorist Bombings Convention State Party
1999 Terrorist Financing Convention State Party
2005 Nuclear Terrorism Convention Signatory


Togo is also a State Party to the main regional treaties on terrorism.


Adherence to Regional Terrorism Treaties
Treaty Adherence
1999 Algiers Convention State Party
2004 Protocol to the Algiers Convention State Party

Laws and Penalties for Terrorist Offences

Under the Criminal Code, life imprisonment is the maximum penalty for certain terrorist offences, such as the murder of internationally protected persons or terrorist bombings.

Counterterrorism Capacities and Policies at Domestic Level

Togo does not have extensive counterterrorism capacity in its security forces although it is facing an increasing threat from terrorism.


Code Pénal du Togo