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Numerous Human Rights Declarations Speak Out Against Coercive Medicine

"As these and other documents make clear, the sorts of things we are seeing in Australia and the West concerning mandatory medicine, coercive health care, forced injections, vaccine passports and the like are for the most part condemned as unethical and gross infringements on our basic human rights and fundamental civil liberties."
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Since the horrors of WWII, and the diabolical things done by the Nazis – including the German medical and scientific communities – there has been a slew of various human rights declarations, health acts, and ethics codes written around the world. Many of them seek to counter and offset the sorts of things that were done in Nazi Germany.

A common theme found in almost all of them is that there should be no coercion or compulsion in medical treatment, and full informed consent should be insisted upon. Before any medical treatment or intervention is undertaken, a person must first give consent – without any coercion or manipulation.

This vitally important principle seems to have been thrown out the window by far too many politicians, leaders, governments and businesses during the Covid crisis, especially in regard to mandatory vaccinations. Many states are simply demanding that people get the jab – end of story. And numerous businesses and companies are doing the same.

Not only is this creating a new medical apartheid, a two-tiered society with a health underclass, but it goes against these vital human rights charters and ethics declarations. Places like Australia – where much of this medical coercion and health segregation is taking place – happen to be signatories to many of these covenants and declarations. Indeed, at both federal and state levels Australia also has its own acts and declarations on these things.

Here I offer the relevant portions of ten of these important charters and acts: six international and four Australian:

The Nuremberg Code, 1947

The first of its ten points says this:

The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential. This means that the person involved should have legal capacity to give consent; should be so situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, overreaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion; and should have sufficient knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter involved as to enable him to make an understanding and enlightened decision. This latter element requires that before the acceptance of an affirmative decision by the experimental subject there should be made known to him the nature, duration, and purpose of the experiment; the method and means by which it is to be conducted; all inconveniences and hazards reasonably to be expected; and the effects upon his health or person which may possibly come from his participation in the experiment. The duty and responsibility for ascertaining the quality of the consent rests upon each individual who initiates, directs, or engages in the experiment. It is a personal duty and responsibility which may not be delegated to another with impunity.

The Declaration of Geneva, 1948

This very brief declaration has been updated at various times, and the current 2017 version lists 13 points, the first three being:

AS A MEMBER OF THE MEDICAL PROFESSION:

· I SOLEMNLY PLEDGE to dedicate my life to the service of humanity;

· THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF MY PATIENT will be my first consideration;

· I WILL RESPECT the autonomy and dignity of my patient;

The Declaration of Helsinki, 1964

The World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki – “Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects” – has also been revised many times since it first appeared. In sections 25-32 it speaks about “informed consent”. Here are the first several of these:

25. Participation by individuals capable of giving informed consent as subjects in medical research must be voluntary. Although it may be appropriate to consult family members or community leaders, no individual capable of giving informed consent may be enrolled in a research study unless he or she freely agrees. 

26. In medical research involving human subjects capable of giving informed consent, each potential subject must be adequately informed of the aims, methods, sources of funding, any possible conflicts of interest, institutional affiliations of the researcher, the anticipated benefits and potential risks of the study and the discomfort it may entail, post-study provisions and any other relevant aspects of the study. The potential subject must be informed of the right to refuse to participate in the study or to withdraw consent to participate at any time without reprisal. Special attention should be given to the specific information needs of individual potential subjects as well as to the methods used to deliver the information.

After ensuring that the potential subject has understood the information, the physician or another appropriately qualified individual must then seek the potential subject’s freely-given informed consent, preferably in writing. If the consent cannot be expressed in writing, the non-written consent must be formally documented and witnessed.

All medical research subjects should be given the option of being informed about the general outcome and results of the study. 

27. When seeking informed consent for participation in a research study the physician must be particularly cautious if the potential subject is in a dependent relationship with the physician or may consent under duress. In such situations the informed consent must be sought by an appropriately qualified individual who is completely independent of this relationship.

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, 1966, 1976

Here is Article 7 of this covenant:

No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. In particular, no one shall be subjected without his free consent to medical or scientific experimentation.

The Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights, 2005

Here are parts of this document:

Article 6 Any preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic medical intervention is only to be carried out with the prior, free and informed consent of the person concerned, based on adequate information. The consent should, where appropriate, be express and may be withdrawn by the person concerned at any time and for any reason without disadvantage or prejudice.

Article 9 The privacy of the persons concerned and the confidentiality of their personal information should be respected. To the greatest extent possible, such information should not be used or disclosed for purposes other than those for which it was collected or consented to, consistent with international law, in particular international human rights law.

Article 11 No individual or group should be discriminated against or stigmatized on any grounds, in violation of human dignity, human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The U. S. Food and Drug Administration

This is what the FDA has to say about “What is an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)?”:

An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) is a mechanism to facilitate the availability and use of medical countermeasures, including vaccines, during public health emergencies, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. … 

How will vaccine recipients be informed about the benefits and risks of any vaccine that receives an EUA? 

FDA must ensure that recipients of the vaccine under an EUA are informed, to the extent practicable given the applicable circumstances, that FDA has authorized the emergency use of the vaccine, of the known and potential benefits and risks, the extent to which such benefits and risks are unknown, that they have the option to accept or refuse the vaccine, and of any available alternatives to the product. Typically, this information is communicated in a patient “fact sheet.” The FDA posts these fact sheets on our website.

The Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006

Section 10 of the Act says this:

Protection from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment

A person must not be—

(a) subjected to torture; or

(b) treated or punished in a cruel, inhuman or degrading way; or

(c) subjected to medical or scientific experimentation or treatment without his or her full, free and informed consent.

The NSW Anti Discrimination Act

It says this about “Infectious diseases discrimination”:

What is infectious diseases discrimination?

Infectious diseases discrimination is against the law. 

It is when you have been treated unfairly because:

· you have an infectious disease

· people think you have an infectious disease

· you used to have an infectious disease

· you may acquire an infectious disease in the future

· you are the friend, relative or colleague of a person with an infectious disease.

Indirect discrimination is also against the law. This is when there is a rule or requirement that is the same for everyone but unfairly affects people with infectious diseases, and is not reasonable in the circumstances.

Australian Regulatory Guidelines for Advertising Therapeutic Goods, 2018

Here is what it says about “Guidance for advertisers”:

This guidance for advertisers applies to the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code (No.2) 2018. To assist advertisers with implementation, we have also published guidance material: Complying with the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code (No. 2) 2018. Version 2.8, October 2020 

Advertising vaccination services
We do not regulate the advertising of health services but if your advertisement for a vaccination
service also promotes the use of a therapeutic good it is considered an advertisement for a
therapeutic good which, outside of the context described above, would be likely to contravene
the Act.

What to avoid when advertising vaccination services
When advertising vaccination services, avoid using:

· information that might enable consumers to identify the particular vaccine or the manufacturer of the vaccine provided with the service

· statements or representations that harmful effects will occur from not receiving the vaccine

· references to any misleading therapeutic benefit of a vaccine (for example, a use that is not a TGA-approved indication for the vaccine)

· an indication that the vaccine administered as part of the service is superior to other vaccines

· portrayals of the vaccine or service in a way that trivialises or conflicts with public health policies, or misleads consumers in any other way

· price comparisons

· incentives to encourage the consumer to obtain the service or vaccine, or

· any other claim that promotes the use or supply of the vaccine Use of any of the above makes advertising of your service to be more likely considered advertising of the vaccine itself and subject to therapeutic goods legislation.

The Australian Immunisation Handbook (from the Australian Government Department of Health)

Relevant portions of the Handbook are these:

Valid consent is the voluntary agreement by an individual to a proposed procedure, which is given after sufficient, appropriate and reliable information about the procedure, including the potential risks and benefits, has been conveyed to that individual.

As part of the consent procedure, people receiving vaccines and/or their parents or carers should be given sufficient information (preferably written) about the risks and benefits of each vaccine. This includes:

· what adverse events are possible

· how common they are

· what they should do about them 

Criteria for valid consent

For consent to be legally valid, the following elements must be present:

· It must be given by a person with legal capacity, and of sufficient intellectual capacity to understand the implications of receiving a vaccine.

· It must be given voluntarily in the absence of undue pressure, coercion or manipulation.

· It must cover the specific procedure that is to be performed.

· It can only be given after the potential risks and benefits of the relevant vaccine, the risks of not having it, and any alternative options have been explained to the person.

· The person must have the opportunity to seek more details or explanations about the vaccine or its administration.

· The information must be provided in a language or by other means that the person can understand. Where appropriate, involve an interpreter or cultural support person.

· Obtain consent before each vaccination, after establishing that there are no medical condition(s) that contraindicate vaccination. Consent can be verbal or written.

As these and other documents make clear, the sorts of things we are seeing in Australia and the West concerning mandatory medicine, coercive health care, forced injections, vaccine passports and the like are for the most part condemned as unethical and gross infringements on our basic human rights and fundamental civil liberties.


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