- Togolese officials have embarked on a nation-wide consultation on the creation of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to heal the wounds of the 2005 political violence in the West African country.
The consultation, which started in the capital Lome, is expected to finish within three months. During the period, Togolese in all strata of life will be consulted on the mandate, duties and responsibilities of the healing commission.
The process, prompted by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights, seeks to heal wounds caused by politics as well as improve the country's socio-political atmosphere.
It stemmed from the killing of an estimated 500 people by the police during a 2005 political unrest. The unrest had fueled after President Faure Gnassingbe succeeded his dead father to the throne. Until his death in 2005, Gnassinge Eyadema ruled Togo with iron fist for 38 years.
Other African countries that experienced conflicts - South Africa and Liberia - have also established truth and reconciliation commissions to encourage peace, unity and understanding in their societies.
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