FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ULAA CONDEMNS RECENT VIOLENCE IN DISTRICT #15 AND FROWNS ON EXTREMISMS AND EXTREMIST PHILOSOPHIES AND CALL FOR THE IMMEDIATE INVESTIGATIONS TO SAVE THE STATE
WASHINGTON, August 29, 2019 – The Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA or The Union) condemns recent violence in electoral District #15 and frowns on extremist philosophies and call on President George Manneh Weah and Government of Liberia (GOL) for an immediate investigation into these violent activities.
The Union deplores and renounces extremist philosophies and the actions of those individuals and organizations that promote violence, bigotry, or intolerance. The Union believes that a decent society must promote a peaceful and orderly exchange of ideas among its members in an atmosphere of common respect for one another in spite of their differences and status in society. The Union opposes those individuals and groups that refuse to respect the rights of individuals in our society and deny them the common respect that due them.
The Union calls on President George Manneh Weah and members of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) to SAVE THE STATE from further violent activities. ULAA recalls how previous Governments and members of their ruling political parties used their powers to cause mayhems on the Liberian people, and therefore cautions President Weah and the ruling CDC to desist from such actions. Equally, ULAA calls on opposition political parties to SAVE THE STATE from further violent activities. The Union observes that some opposition leaders and their surrogates are using the poor conditions of the Liberian people to cause mayhem as well, and denounces any actions from opposition that may threaten the security of the State.
ULAA believes that in order to build a vibrant and prosperous society, it requires the full participation of all Liberians irrespective of their economic, social, demographic, and educational status. Therefore, it is our conviction that Liberia should be a properly constituted system of government, established by law, including the free choice of its constituents and administered by duly-elected representatives for the maintenance of a civilized and humane society.
The Union believes that the norm of a good government is to be open, responsive, and accountable to the will of its citizens. All citizens must have the right to know what their government is doing and the right to be heard on the issues by all public bodies.
The Union believes that good government is maintained by an electoral system that is efficient, responsive, and characterized by integrity. No person, group, or organization should be permitted
to use wealth or power in the electoral process to distort the result or exercise undue influence. The Union opposes the creation or maintenance of any barrier to the free exercise of the franchise by any qualified individual. All citizens, regardless of their station or position in life, their occupation, their economic status, or their location must have an equal voice in the election of public representatives.
The Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA) is the umbrella organization representing Liberians and their various organizations in the Americas. ULAA is a voluntary, nonprofit, and non-governmental organization formed on July 4, 1974 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America. The mission of ULAA is to advance the just causes of Liberians and Liberia at home and abroad.