LAST APPEAL TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT:
DO NOT OVERRULE FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS AND CORE PRINCIPLES IN OUR DEMOCRACIES AND THE CONSTITUTIONS IN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES!
Today, the 19th of April 2018, you are going to make a decision about strengthening vaccine politics, which in reality will open up for mandatory vaccination in all of Europe.
The fundamental human rights define what it means to be a human. The right to life, freedom and equality of the law and the right to make decisions about your own body undoubtedly belongs to the primary human rights.
It should be self evident that the right to decide on our own body constitutes a fundamental part of human dignity. The right to decide on one’s own body constitutes a prerequisite for human rights to be absolute and universal. This can not be deprived of man without violating his fundamental human dignity.
Therefore, a proposal for mandatory vaccination concerns fundamental questions, both in terms of democracy and human rights.
The fundamental principle of democracy is freedom. Freedom means the right of man to decide upon himself.
The principle of responsibility is deeply rooted in the nature of democracy and freedom. We risk a guardianship state, where some know better than others what suits the individual. The danger is that we here slide imperceptibly into the authoritarian.
If the state will be given authority to take decisions regarding each individual’s own body or the health of their children, whose responsibility is traditionally with the parents, will this implies a threat to democratic principle of responsibility and hence its core value.
By tightening legislation in relation to vaccination, at the same time, human rights and the very foundations of democracy have been set aside.
The self-determination of own body gives freedom a concrete content together with freedom of expression, assembly and association, and freedom of thought, conscience and religion. It’s not just an ideal or empty term – but fundamental rights.
The right to make decisions about one’s own body has not only a physical dimension but also an existential. The declaration of human rights also emphasizes the right to protect its privacy and its private interests. This right is already established in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states in Article 12 that “no one must be subjected to arbitrary interference in privacy”. The right to own body is an important part of the private interests.
Hereto comes the right to protect oneself against unwanted side effects of drugs. This right is a fundamental part of the right to take care of your own health. If there is a medical doubt about the possible side effects of a particular drug, the patient should be able to deny receiving this drug.