Harassment and Intimidation Continue in Liberia

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

November 8, 2002

According to reports reaching The Perspective, the home of Dr. Charles Clark, Chairman of the Unity Party, has been searched by security officers. Efforts to reach Dr. Clark were unsuccessful. We will however bring you more details as they become available.

This is another example in a series of government's intimidation and harassment of opposition leaders, journalists and human rights defenders

On July 19, 2002, the home of opposition leader Togba-Nah Tipoteh was searched by the dreaded anti-Terrorist Unit without a search warrant. At that time, President Taylor said the action was nothing personal against Dr. Tipoteh, but rather a routine search for arms.

On October 29, 2002, human rights defenders were rounded up and detained for planning a solidarity demonstration urging the release of Journalist Hassan Bility and others who have been held by the government on bogus charges. As a result of this solidarity march, Aloysius Toe - Secretary General of the Liberia Coalition of Human Rights Defenders is being held. He has been charged with treason by the Liberian government for allegedly being a recipient of an e-mail from the LURD dissident group.

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