Information on the conditions for LGBT people in Togo is very scarce.


Same-sex sexual activity is illegal, with a penalty of 3 years imprisonment and a fine. There is no protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.



Male to male relationships: Not legal

Punishments for male to male relationships: Imprisonment of less than 10 years

Female to female relationships: Not legal

Marriage and substitutes for marriage: No law


More on the law of Togo at


Social climate and legal incidents

In October 2011, the working group of Universal Periodic Review considered the human rights situation in Togo. In response to their report, Togo rejected recommendations that it decriminalise homosexuality, arguing that the topic was too controversial for the fragile nation and that attempts to legislate on this matter could be ‘counter-productive’ due to the way that ‘this phenomenon is perceived in society in Togo’. See article from


See also this shadow report: The Violations of the Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, andTransgender Individuals in Togo (2010)


LGBT organizations/networks

None found as of July 2012




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