President Obama Sends Notice on Liberia to Congress

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia
July 28, 2014


Charles Taylor

Continuation Of The National Emergency With Respect To The Former Liberian Regime Of Charles Taylor

On July 22, 2004, by Executive Order 13348, the President declared a national emergency with respect to the former Liberian regime of Charles Taylor pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States constituted by the actions and policies of former Liberian President Charles Taylor and other persons, in particular their unlawful depletion of Liberian resources and their removal from Liberia and secreting of Liberian funds and property, which have undermined Liberia's transition to democracy and the orderly development of its political, administrative, and economic institutions and resources.

Although Liberia has made significant advances to promote democracy, and the Special Court for Sierra Leone convicted Charles Taylor for war crimes and crimes against humanity, the actions and policies of Charles Taylor and others have left a legacy of destruction that still challenge Liberia's transformation and recovery.  The actions and policies of these persons continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States.  For this reason, the national emergency declared on July 22, 2004, and the measures adopted on that date to deal with that emergency, must continue in effect beyond July 22, 2014.  Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13348.

This notice shall be published in the Federal Register and transmitted to the Congress.


B. K. Washington
What does this "continuation" really mean? Haven't most of those involved (Shaw, Urey, Bright, et al) already been dropped from the original list annexed to Executive Order 13348 of 2004? Besides, which Executive Order deals with the corrupt war criminals running the current government of Liberia? The US government seems to have given them a free pass, taking no action to ensure implementation of the TRC Report or prosecution of those charged by the Auditor General with embezzling public funds.
B. K. Washington at 06:38AM, 2014/07/28.
Dr. J W
B.K.,prevention is better than cure. There are still elements of the Taylor era that are capable of causing harms and bring about untold sufferings to the government and people do Liberia.
The TRC report is a good beginning for the healing of a nation devastated by war and wanton disregard for lives and properties. The peace in Liberia is fragile and as such, a full implementation process will be detrimental as there are again elements that can cause chaos once said process begins. Understand that justice in Africa is different from one in Europe or the United States.
Finally America can help you but not do for you.....
Dr. J W at 03:10PM, 2014/07/30.

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