The QLD Human Rights Commission has Modified its Statement on the Question of Vaccine Mandates
The QLD Human Rights Commission has modified its statement on the question of vaccine mandates. Following my suggestion, they no longer claim that vaccine mandates do not violate human rights; I pointed out that by making that claim they were presuming a legal conclusion (after they argued to me that they cannot make a legal determination on the basis of my argument because only a court can make a determination). I also asked them to include the ‘right to life’ in the list of rights affected by the mandates, since vaccines are known to kill a percentage of people, but instead of adding this right to the list (and thus making the violation of the right to life look obvious) they simply deleted the entire section. All in all, there is some progress, one step closer to the truth. The Commission did not notify me of the change.
Email Response to the Queensland Human Rights Commissioner (06.10.2022)
My first email:
Email to the Queensland Human Rights Commission (25.08.2022)
ATTN: The Commissioner of the Queensland Human Rights Commission
I am a philosopher of ethics and the leading voice in the academic debate questioning the ethical permissibility of vaccine mandates. I recently published this topic in the BMJ Journal of Medical Ethics (cited below).
This communication is motivated by the Dept. of Education announcing that unvaccinated QLD teachers will be penalised for their non-consent to this medical procedure.
I submit that vaccine mandates, or any systemic discrimination against the unvaccinated, infringes on human rights, including the right to life. This conclusion is based on the following grounds:
1. Vaccine mandates imply that all humans are born in a defective, inherently harmful state that must be biotechnologically augmented to allow our unrestricted participation in society, and this constitutes discrimination on the basis of healthy, innate characteristics of the human race. This devaluation of the innate human constitution is not only universally dehumanising, but it perverts the very concept of human rights; discrimination against the unvaccinated implies that our innate human constitution is no longer a guarantee of full human rights. This point derives from my paper published here: https://jme.bmj.com/content/48/4/240.
2. Any discrimination against the unvaccinated is economic or social opportunity coercion, precluding the possibility of free medical consent. The right to free, uncoerced medical consent is not negotiable, under any circumstances, because without it we have no rights at all; every other right (including the right to life) can be subverted by medical coercion. Free medical consent is the most fundamental protection against crimes against humanity being committed under the guise of healthcare (several instances of such abuses have occurred in this century).
3. Vaccines are known to occasionally cause deaths of healthy people. When an employee is required to receive vaccination as a condition of employment, that employee is economically coerced to participate in an activity where some percentage of employees are expected to die ‘in the course of employment’ as a direct result of the mandated activity. This goes against the fundamental principles of medical ethics and workplace safety. It may be objected that infectious pathogens also kill people, but these two categories of deaths are not ethically equivalent. Infection with a pathogen for which there exists a vaccine is not mandated, whereas deaths resulting from mandatory vaccination are mandated deaths, a legalised killing of some people for the prospective benefit of the majority. Critically, any discrimination against the unvaccinated amounts to a violation of the right to life by coercing people to undergo a medical procedure where a small percentage of otherwise healthy people are expected to die as a direct result of that procedure.
An earlier version of these arguments were formally submitted to the Inquiry into Public Health Amendment Bill 2021 (No 2) ACT and subsequently published here: https://jme.bmj.com/content/early/2022/04/26/medethics-2022-108229.responses#fundamental-values-are-not-defeated-by-utilitarian-calculus
I suggest that we are facing a human rights emergency and the outlined issues call for immediate administrative action, especially in regard to the actions of the Dept. of Education.
I am open to collaboration.
I have received a response from QHRC, in which the Commissioner expresses concern with how the vaccine mandates affect human rights. The Comissioner writes: “The Commission is involved in matters currently before court which relate to vaccine mandates. This is one of the most appropriate vehicles for examining the human rights compatibility of these measures, as courts have the ability to seek and assess evidence and to make a ruling on the compatibility or otherwise of the mandates, which the Commission does not legally have the power to do.” I responded as follows:
Thank you for your response. I understand the statutory constraints you are working under. Like you, I am professionally impartial on this issue, drawing conclusions only on the basis of logical necessity from commonly accepted premises.
I have two technical suggestions to offer, if I may, regarding the wording of the section titled “Why isn’t mandatory vaccination a breach of my human rights?” https://www.qhrc.qld.gov.au/your-rights/covid-19-and-human-rights/vaccination-and-your-rights
1. In order not to presume a legal conclusion, I suggest changing the title of the section to ‘Why mandatory vaccination is not necessarily a breach of my human rights?’ OR ‘Is mandatory vaccination a breach of my human rights?’
2. In the opening paragraph, the list of relevant human rights affected by vaccine mandates is missing ‘the right to life’. I suggest including this right in the list, since some people are known to have died as a result of the vaccines. Vaccine mandates, by applying significant economic and social-opportunity coercion to vaccinate, are expected to cause a percentage of vaccine-related deaths.