Rev. Torli H. Krua, Founder of Universal Human Rights International, in an open letter to the 54th Liberian Legislature, called for a public hearing on his research uncovering “200 years of lies and deception responsible for systemic corruption, massacres, poverty, etc in Liberia.” He also called for the adoption of a new Constitution that promotes participatory democracy to replace the current one he described as a corrupt document designed to enslave and oppress ordinary Liberians while empowering and enriching politicians.

Rev. Krua Calls For Inclusion Of Liberia In Congressional Reparations Bills

Rev. Torli H. Krua, Founder of Universal Human Rights International, in an open letter to the 54th Liberian Legislature, called for a public hearing on his research uncovering “200 years of lies and deception responsible for systemic corruption, massacres, poverty, etc in Liberia.” He also called for the adoption of a new Constitution that promotes participatory democracy to replace the current one he described as a corrupt document designed to enslave and oppress ordinary Liberians while empowering and enriching politicians.

Boston, Massachusetts – Today, Rev. Torli H. Krua, Founder of the Universal Human Rights  International (UHRI) and the Free Liberia Movement called on the Massachusetts Delegation to the US Congress to include Liberia in bills that aim to mitigate the harm of American Colonization, officially sanctioned racism and slavery.

The proposal was contained in communications to Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts who has championed Liberian immigration initiatives for decades. UHRI has started an intensive Training Of Trainers (TOT) to equip Liberians for a nationwide awareness. Registration for the free online TOT course may be found here.

With the growing influence of Russia and China in Africa, the United States will never enjoy improved relationships with African nations without mitigation of American Colonization and officially sanctioned racism that gave birth to Liberia and has fueled corruption and underdevelopment for two centuries.

On January 18, 2023, a group of American clergy,en led by Rev Krua joined Liberians in presenting a petition for US Visa waiver for all Liberians at the US Embassy in Monrovia. With no response from the US Government, a rally is being planned at the US Embassy on July 3, 2023 to demand an answer to the petition for US Visa Waiver for all Liberians. Presently, 40 countries enjoy visa waiver, of which there is not a single African nation.

On January 24, 2023, immediately following the Liberian Visa Waiver Petition in Monrovia during the Annual Dr. Martin Luther Week Event, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on January 24, 2023 introduced S.40, the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act, legislation that would establish a commission to consider proposals for reparations for African American descendants of slavery.

The legislation is the Senate companion to H.R. 40, introduced by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18). Liberia and American Colonization were not included in the congressional reparations initiative.

The Commission will study the impact of slavery and the continuing discrimination against African-Americans and will make recommendations on reparation proposals for the descendants of slaves. “Without inclusion of Liberia, the harm of officially sanctioned racism continues to thrive in Liberia with devastating consequences for descendants of Americans and indigenous Africans lives ravaged by American Colonization and slavery.” Rev. Krua said.

“Our nation must reckon with its dark past of slavery and its continued oppression of African Americans, fueled by white supremacy and racism,” said Senator Booker. “Many of our bedrock domestic policies that have ushered millions of Americans into the middle class have systematically excluded Black individuals. I urge my colleagues to support this bill that will address the institutional racism that has suppressed African Americans prosperity throughout our history and bring our country one step closer to our founding principles of liberty and justice for all.”

“I am pleased to thank Senator Cory Booker for introducing the Senate version of the Commission to Study Slavery and Develop Reparations Proposals Act. His introduction of this bill in the Senate is pivotal to the success of this legislation in the 118th Congress.

I’m further pleased that Senator Booker, with his storied history of civil rights leadership, sees the value of legislation that takes a historical look at slavery and then works collectively to assess the repair for that era in American history. I believe that the Commission to Study Slavery and Develop Reparation Proposals Act is a crucial piece of legislation that will complement the House version, HR 40.

This legislation, both the House and Senate version, goes beyond exploring the economic implications of slavery and segregation but is a holistic approach to reconciling that period of American history. This bill will allow for a moral and social overview of the implications of slavery and the status of African Americans today. I look forward to working with Senator Booker in a bipartisan manner to get this bill through the House and Senate and on to the President’s desk. America will truly be the beneficiary!” said Representative Jackson Lee.

The legislation is cosponsored by dozens of senators, including both US Senators from Massachusetts, Ed Markey (D-MA), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). One hundred twenty members of Congress are cosponsors of the House Bill. Additionally, over 190 organizations working to advance civil rights in America have endorsed the legislation. A list of those organizations can be found here.

The full text of the legislation can be found here.

The House companion bill can be found here.

The US Visa Waiver Petition can be found here.

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