Petition Tag - liberia

1. Remove Mr. Benoni W. Urey from the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (SDN) & U.S. Visa Ban

Mr. Benoni W. Urey was placed on the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List imposed by the Department of Treasury, under the 23rd July 2004 Executive Order 13348 (“E.O.13348”). After thorough investigations by the United Nations (UN Resolutions 1521 and 1532), United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Australia, they have all chosen to remove Mr. Urey from their travel and assets freeze bans at the international and national levels. The post-conflict transformation of Liberia needs a visionary leader, and we the citizens and friends of the Republic of Liberia believe Mr. Benoni W. Urey is committed not only to the development of Liberia, but also has the passion and vision needed to help lead the transformation of Liberia in the post Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf era.

Mr. Urey is without a doubt a true friend of the United States and is committed to strengthening the historical ties between the U.S. and Liberia. He received his primary education at the American Cooperative School in Liberia, and holds two Masters Degrees in Public Administration (finance) and Planning (public and private) from the University of Southern California. Consistent with his commitment to improving the lives of disenfranchised Liberians especially women and children , Mr. Urey has worked tirelessly to provide economic relief to women by making available micro loans to impoverished women and has developed scholarship funds for orphan children.

In addition, Mr. Urey has been a strong advocate against violence and rape of women and children. Mr. Urey has provided employment to over 1600 Liberian citizens through various businesses he owns. If these restrictions can be removed, Mr. Urey will be able to better engage the international community especially the United States to open up avenues for development for the Liberian people. We are proud to acknowledge his pivotal role in helping to alleviate the plight of Liberians caused by the Ebola epidemic, through the Urey Foundation.

2. Troops for Defense Only, Not for fighting Ebola

During the past several months, exposure to Ebola hemorrhagic fever in several nations has increased to startling levels. It is reasonable to believe that if this virus is not properly contained, it can spread to epidemic proportions. The Administration and the CDC, has refused to protect American citizens from the spread of this disease by not banning travel from these nations, as other responsible nations have done.

As a result, there have been several confirmed cases of Ebola that have been brought here and it appears that it may be spreading from state to state. As of the preparation date of this petition, the Administration has still refused to impose a travel ban from these highly infected nations, which would be a reasonable and responsible action. This is unconscionable and is imperiling every person in this country as it is certain that no one really knows or understands the means and methods of transferring the contagion from one person to another.

Now, inexplicably the Administration has announced it will be sending our troops to the most contagious and dangerous areas to “fight” the Ebola crisis. These troops have not been trained, do not have a medical background, and have been questionably equipped to successfully conduct a mission that at the time of this writing remains unstated.

Since their mission has not be declared - either to the public or to Congress, it is assumed that they will serve as policemen, border guards and quarantine enforcers - positions that are currently employed by the governments in those regions. The Administration’s actions is irresponsibly putting the lives our young men and women in jeopardy. In the event they contract this deadly disease, their loved ones will never see them again; in the event that they return home with the disease, the lives of their families and for that matter the entire country, will suffer as a result of this madness.. This is just not acceptable.

Sign the Petition:

Part I: This petition demands that Mr. Obama rescind his order to have American soldiers be sent to Ebola plagued regions. Those nations have the responsibility to prevent this virulent disease from spreading. America can help with funding and equipment, but not by unnecessarily endangering our servicemen who have nobly pledged their lives to protecting this nation. It would be unconscionable for us to sit back and allow these selfless patriots to be placed recklessly in endangerment - not even with so much as a mission statement, questionable protective gear, and proper medical training.

Part II: This petition also demands that flights to and from the infected nations be suspended immediately.

Part III: This petition demands that if Parts I and II are not implemented, the Congress of the United States must defund any transfer of American military personnel to Ebola infected regions for the purpose of Ebola containment.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Join in the call for a War Crimes Court for Liberia

The Liberian Civil War was a conflict that killed over 250,000 people and eventually led to the involvement of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and of the United Nations. The civil war, which was one of Africa's bloodiest, claimed the lives of more than 250,000 Liberians and further displaced a million others into refugee camps in neighboring countries.

Entire villages were emptied as people fled. as fighters, on all sides of the conflict under the commands of their superiors, committed atrocities, raping and murdering people of all ages.

The civil war claimed the lives of one out of every 17 people in the country, uprooted most of the rest, and destroyed a once-viable economic infrastructure. Putting an end to the culture of impunity will set a new agenda for the Country's future.

It's time to give justice to the families of those murdered in the war by holding the perpetrators accountable through the Due process.

6. Justice for Shaki Kamara

Web link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNJ9llq37Mo

When: August 20th, 2014

Where: Monrovia, Liberia (West Point)

Why: To raise awareness for justice for the senseless murder of Shaki Kamara.

Goal: To solicit signatures to request immediate support from UNICEF, Amnesty International, and other international human right advocacy groups for an investigation into who killed Shaki Kamara and why?

What can you do?

1. Keep his family in your prayers
2. Sign the Petition
3. Share this Petition with friends and relatives on social media.

7. 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.

8. Restore Liberia: Independence Initiative

Presidents around the world, including Nixon resigned after failing those who elected them, sparing their nation the ordeal of impeachment.

We call on Sirleaf to do the same; but if not, we as a nation are prepared to enforce our constitutional rights by ensuring our ELECTED legislatures employ constitutional remedies and act on the required 10,000 to change a referendum—an impeachment of Sirleaf.

Sirleaf has clearly abused her authority and acted unconstitutionally as illustrated:

1. Sirleaf failed to obtain congressional authorization for the over 100 concession agreements signed which has now mortgaged over 60% of our land to foreign companies. Out of 100 plus concessions, international watch bodies have declared over 90% of them illegal and in gross violations of our human rights. To this, our Liberians from our southern coastlands, to northern mountains, and every part of Liberia are living like refugees in our own country, with 9 out of 10 people subject to less than $1.00 per day, while foreigners exploit and plunder our land and invest profits from our land outside Liberia.

2. Top appointed and elected officials, including Sirleaf, caught on audio recordings expressing orchestrated and executed plots in which they have extorted and laundered 100s of millions of US currency, meant for the development and life improvement of the everyday citizens. To this, listen to audio recordings on CJJI.ORG/recordings.

3. Embarrassingly ranked #1 most corrupt nation in the world as reported by USA today in July 2013 and now # two most poverty stricken country.

4. Historical devaluing of Liberia currency.

5. Documentations from Finance, State Ministries and NSA of their signatures to pay Marc Amblard $150,000 after he was found guilty of being responsible for CDC killing during the contested 2011 election.

6. Lobbying in the US to the tune of over $300,000,000 Million USD, particularly during presidential election years, when other ECOWAS nations spent under $70,000 during same period.

7. Chastised by US State Department latest report.

8. Chastised by UN numerously.

9. Chastised by ECOWAS numerously.

10. Sanctifying an established “Corruption Clique” as described by Senator Clarice Jah; where elected officials are ordered to be paid by Sirleaf to pass bills; hence deceiving the world that government conducts investigations of improprieties

You all have sent in your reasons why President Sirleaf must be impeached. Please visit cjji.org/26 Reasons for a comprehensive list as indicated by you.

9. Protect The Palm Oil Industry In Liberia

The palm oil industry has continued to suffer, but more importantly the people in Liberia have suffered.

10. Reopen Kendeja

In the early 1960's, Kendeja was created as a reservoir for national culture in Liberia. It became a symbol of Liberian nation tapestry, melting in one pot traditions from every parts of the country.

Young men and women came from remote villages to learn and practice many aspects of a culture that was being ghastly swallowed by modernism. The kids went to school and graduated from high school just like any other child of the country, with the added advantage of having lived in a cultural environment where they learned to dance, sing, and practice many cultural acts that their peers were oblivious to. 1989 war brought an abrupt end to all things. Like everything else, Kendeja fell into pieces.

On Tuesday, June 9, 2009, L. Johnson officially opened his new hotel, on the land that once hosted the soul and heart of Liberia's culture. The ceremony was attended by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Chief Justice Johnnie Lewis, the US and Chinese Ambassadors and a cohort of government officials, business leaders and international workers.

The government promised to reopen Kendeja, our national treasure, on another piece of land. The arts and culture community needs this promise to be fulfilled.

11. Free Detained Liberian Journalist Darlington Pelenah

The Liberia National Police (LNP), acting on behalf of the Government of Liberia, arrested journalist Darlington C. Pelenah on July 29, 2012 and charged him, along with Benjamin Bokie Gbar and William Randolph, with the crimes of criminal conspiracy and armed robbery.

The three were charged based on a complaint by an alleged victim Weeks Thomas that he and two others were held at gun point by the defendants and robbed of US$17,000.00. Weeks Thomas reported that one of his boys, Edwin Thomas was shot in the head by journalist Pelenah on the night of the alleged armed robbery.

Journalist Pelenah and the others were subsequently indicted by a grand jury on 12 counts and have been in detention at the Monrovia Central Prison since their arrest in July 2012.

Since the arrest and detention of journalist Pelenah and co-defendants, their trial has been suspended and postponed several times on flimsy excuses. Many people, including media practitioners, the defendants, and family members believe the repeated suspension and postponement of the trial is a deliberate violation of the right of the defendants to a fair and speedy trial in keeping with due process of law.

The action by the state puts the lives of journalist Pelenah and co-defendants at risk, as armed robbery is a capital office punishable by life imprisonment or death based on its degree.

Journalist Pelenah, Benjamin Bokie Gbar, and William Randolph are now in prolonged detention, crying out for freedom and justice.

Every single document and statement that the police and prosecution have issued so far in relation to the case lacks consistency, relevance and reliability. None of the defendants was arrested on the alleged crime scene. There are no forensic reports or on-the-scene photographs linking the defendants to the commission of the crimes for which they’ve been charged.

Accounts by the alleged victims, which formed the basis for the charges brought against journalist Pelenah and co-defendants, have also been grossly inconsistent.

Since journalist Pelenah’s arrest in July, 2012, the Government of Liberia has had many opportunities to prove its case beyond every reasonable doubt but have failed miserably. The government has employed every known legal trick to delay his trial, ranging from unexplainable postponement and suspension to disbandment of trial jury. By so doing, the Government of Liberia continues to deny him the right to a fair and speedy trial in keeping with due process of law.

Journalist Pelenah and co-defendants have all denied the charges and pleaded not guilty to the alleged crime. And, from all indications, the Government of Liberia does not have a case against and will go to great length to apply every known legal trick to delay their trial and keep them in detention for the rest of their lives.

As the government continues to fail to prove its case beyond all reasonable doubt, we request the unconditional release of journalist Pelenah and co-defendants.

12. Stop the Illegal Transfer of Music in Liberia

Whereas the illegal transfer of Music has taken over Liberia;

Whereas the Copy Right Law of Liberia has become toothless;

Whereas Musicians have been denied their rights to use their talents to survive;

Whereas Liberia is losing too much money from the music and entertainment industry;

Whereas even the law enforcers have become a part of the copyright violation in Liberia; and in as much as the musicians in Bong County have tried to appeal to those transferring their music to desist but failed;

We have therefore decided to ask the government of Liberia to: