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Liberia - Appeal for the release of human rights defender

22 November 2002

Letter to Mr Jeff Gongoer Dowana Sr, Head of Mission, Embassy of the Republic of Liberia in London, 22 November 2002.

Dear Sir,

    We write to you in connection with the imprisonment of Mr Aloysius Toe who is being detained by the Liberian government on charges of high treason.  Mr Toe is a human rights activist.  He is a project officer at the National Human Rights Centre of Liberia, committed to the promotion and protection of human rights through peaceful means and has not indulged in any acts of violence or treason as alleged.  It appears Mr Toe's only fault is he helped to organise a prayer service to draw attention to the plight of human rights defenders who have been in jail for over four months without proper charges being filed against them.

    We call on the Liberian government through you for immediate release of Mr Aloysius Toe.  In the alternative, it is requested that proper charges be filed against him and he be tried in accordance with the due process of law.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Weiderud
Director, Commission of Churches on
International Affairs