Petition Tag - guinea

1. Establish an Ebola Indemnity Fund

Ebola has killed over 4700 citizens in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea as one one Liberian citizen in the United States. The present Ebola outbreak has been cited by the WHO as the worse in modern times. About 9,900 people are said be infected and unless contained will infect more people.

So far the USA, Mali and Spain have reported cases. A number of companies are producing vaccine but the effectiveness of these vaccine will have be tested by trials made on current infected people in Africa. There is very little information on the long term side effects of the vaccines even if clinical trials succeed and the servals rates diminished. To research and produce the vaccine, GlaxoSmithKline PLC awarded USD 1 million. Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corporation of Canada has received USD 140 million from the US Department of Defense to work with US Army Medical research Institute of Infectious Diseases.

UK's Welcome Trust has awarded USD 5.15 million grant to Oxford University on the Ebola vaccine research. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awareded USD 50 million. Other institutions involved in the vaccine research are Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc, Chimeria Inc, Public Health Agency of Canada, New Link Genetics Corp, Okairos Unit of Glaxo and the Caliber Biotherapeutics based in Taxes. In the absence of the infected people in West Africa, this research will not have a market or outlet other than the primates in the Congo Forest.

Two issues are involved here. First the production of the vaccine should be transparent and approached used be publicly reported. The second is that since the long and short term effects of these vaccines are unknown, the patients who received the vaccine should be indemnified. So far seven people have received an Ebola vaccine generated from GMO Tobacco leaves, two have since died.

2. Ebola: Stop the Quarantine of Entire African Countries

As the Ebola Virus disease keeps spreading, many governments have started adopting strict measures to avoid contagion. Those measures very often included air and sea restrictions and border closures with countries where the virus has been identified.

This situation creates a de facto quarantine of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia against the recommendations of the World health Organizations (WHO) and many humanitarian groups (including the International Federation of Red Cross & Medecins Sans Frontieres) at the frontline of the battle to defeat the EVD.

In many instances, the WHO has repeated not recommending travel or trade restrictions for the affected countries and has called for lifting the embargo. But it is not being heard.

3. Stop Ebola Now - Wake Up Australia

WAKE UP AUSTRALIA:

The worlds' most volatile disease is a global emergency and is not confined to African nations. This is no joke.

•The Spanish Flu killed 100 million people and had a fatality rate of 2.5%
•This nasty virus kills 25-90% infected and killed 52 humans in 2 days
•Ebola has a 2-21 day incubation period so people are like bombs; unaware they're contagious until it's too late so checking people's temperature at airports is useless
•Every Ebola patient passes the virus onto 2.5 others
•Many affected countries have run out of living doctors to fight the outbreak
•Hospitals and pharmacies closed on Tuesday 12th August as Sierra Leoneans panic
•PEOPLE ARE STARVING AND NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE THEIR HOMES FOR 21 DAYS!
•If this epidemic remains "OUT OF CONTROL" in 2-3 months time 50,000 people will have the worlds' most gruesome virus and in 6 months,

1 MILLION VICTIMS WILL HAVE EBOLA IF WE FAIL TO ACT NOW.

We need to get our government to help those who can't help themselves.
This is an emergency. Liberia and Sierra Leone are some of the world's poorest countries due to war, normally without a crisis people fight for survival. Now their governments have stopped people from leaving their homes for 3-4 weeks WITHOUT GIVING THEM FOOD!! WHERE ARE YOU, MR. ABBOTT? We pay our taxes and are Australian citizens and you're allowing our family to suffer like this during an International Emergency. Keep in mind that there's hundreds of thousands of Africans here.

Sierra Leoneans from Sydney told me this catastrophy is worse than the 10 year "Blood Diamond" war because they said "You could tell where the rebels were and avoided them. With Ebola, a family member or local GP could kill them." That's if they have any relatives left after the brutal war or can afford a GP at all due to the aftermath. Many West African Australians have lost several family members due to Ebola and are worried about their families back home, suffering from stress, fear and high blood pressure. Now family members are going hungry adding to the pressure.

WE MUST STAND UP AND TAKE ACTION and be the voice for those in West Africa.
Our government is silent, sitting idle while Australian citizens' family members are dying. Let's be honest, if their relatives were English, our government would support them fully. I am disappointed in our government for displaying racism in this manner. Instead, we're searching for dead body parts of Australians from plane crashes and diverting attention away from the fact that this plague like virus is killing innocent people and it's an insult to remain silent. How dare we make other Australians feel like second class citizens- shame on us! How dare we discriminate. Inaction speaks louder than words. These people have gone through unfathomable situations and what, because they have African roots we brush our hands? Ebola is in Australia- scientists are studying it here but where are we helping the innocent people isolated in West Africa in the midst of this!!!!

We seem to be very focused on ourselves. The Chinese government gave medical supplies, the US and UK did too. WAKE UP AUSTRALIA!! Please send emergency food drops to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. These are INNOCENT PEOPLE and IF OUR AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT DOES NOTHING, BLOOD IS OR THEIR HANDS!

With your signature, we will save the lives of MANY WITHOUT A VOICE.

4. Démocratisation de la Guinée-Conakry : STOP Violence & Répression ethnique

Since Guinea gained its independence from France, in 1958, the country has since been led by ruthless and incompetent regimes, caracterised by dictatorships. The 1st President, Sékou Touré, came to power in 1958 and died while in power in 1984.

General Lansana Conté took over after a coup and reigned until when he died in December 2008. Few hours after Conté's death, a junta, led by Colonel Moussa Dadis Camara seized power and formed a Government of Transition. The junta promised to organise, in six (6) months, free and fair elections in which the junta and the members of the Government of Transition will be not take part.

As the junta leader started breaking his promise not to take part in the elections, the political parties and the civil society organised, on 28th September 2009, a meeting in Conakry, at the Stadium of 28th September. Several thousands of people attended the meeting.

While the people were in the stadium, the army barged in and fired on the civilians, killing over 150 people and injuring thousands more. Several women were tortured, publicly rapped and also abducted for the same purpose. This was denounced by the whole international community and the crimes were considered as crimes against humanity.

This situation created a crisis. Early December 2009, the leader of the junta survived from an attempt on his life. In January 2010, the Agreement between the junta, the Civil Society and the Political Parties was signed in Ouagadougou, under the mediation of Blaise Compaoré, president of Burkina Faso. Under the Agreement, free and fair presidential elections in which the junta and the members of the new Government of Transition must not take part must be organised in six (6) months.

The first round of the Presidential Elections took place on 27th June 2010 and after over four months of delay, the second round was held on 7th November 2010.

5. STOP ANIMAL TESTING NOW

Animal testing has always been a hot topic in the media. However, many people are against it but still nothing has been done to stop this.

The well known saying "I'll be your human guinea pig" shows that many people are not looking at guinea pigs as beautiful creatures, but as a main item used in experiments.

6. GUINEA PIG BEDDING

This petition is designed to make pet shops aware of the damage that can be caused to guinea pigs' health by using woodshavings.

7. GUINEA PIG BEDDING (draft)

This petition is designed to make pet shops aware of the damage that can be caused to guinea pigs' health by using woodshavings.