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Frederick Korvah v. Liberia, African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, Comm. No. 1/88 (1988).



Communication on the situation in Liberia including corruption, immorality, etc., Of July 26, 1987.

The Facts

1. The communication is addressed to the Government of Liberia and alleges lack of discipline in the Liberian Security Police, corruption, immorality of the Liberian people generally, a national security risk caused by US financial experts, and that other countries are supporting of South Africa and her apartheid regime. The complainant calls on the Liberian Government to purge the security police of the “gangsters, addicts, sex maniacs and rapists” that are its members.


2. The communication is dated 26 July 1987.

3. At the 4th session, held in Cairo, Egypt, October 1988, the Commission considered and decided the case.

4. On 17 August 1988 a copy of the decision was sent to the complainant.



5. The communication is in the form of a letter addressed to the Liberian Government, not the Commission. Although it is recorded in the Legal Division of the OAU on 10 August 1987 it is not clear from the records why the letter was sent to the OAU Secretariat or to the Commission.

6. To be receivable by the Commission, a communication must allege prima facie violations of the Charter. The Commission finds that the matters complained of in the communication do not amount to violations of the provisions of the Charter.

Final Decision


7. The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, established under Article 30 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights:

8. Meeting at its Fourth Ordinary Session held from 17 to 26 October 1988:

9. Considering that the communication is not addressed to the Commission but to the Liberian Government;

10. Considering further that the five matters described in this communication do not amount to violations of human rights under the provisions of the Charter:

For these reasons the Commission

Declares the communication inadmissible. (Article 114 of the Rules of Procedure - Article 56 of the Charter).

Taken at the 4th Ordinary Session, Cairo, Egypt, October 1988.



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