24th of July, 2021. Georgetown, Guyana, South AmericaLast updated: July 25, 2021 at 15:21 pm
I read with disgust and disappointment a Stabroek News article earlier today which states that Edward Beharry Group of Companies will require either a Covid Vaccine certificate or proof of negative Covid status through PCR testing for all its workers every five days. I’ve also read of various other cases where “measures” are put into place to “ensure that people are vaccinated.” In the same article, it mentions the president mulling a vaccination passport.
I made the following statement on the Guyana, South America Facebook Page:
Not so long ago, we were fighting for democracy in Guyana. Democracy means respecting the will of the people. Now people are being coerced into taking a vaccine against their free will. I’m not saying the vaccine doesn’t work, and I’m not saying that is does. I’m not saying that the vaccine is dangerous to health. And I’m not saying that it is not. I’m neither provaxx nor antivaxx. What I’m saying is that people should be free to choose what goes into their bodies and what doesn’t. It’s a basic human right.
Pop Quiz: If the vaccine makes you less likely to die from the disease, then why are the vaccinated more afraid than the unvaccinated?
To begin with, we all know how uncomfortable, painful, and potentially dangerous PCR testing for Covid is. And to require that test every five days from the common citizen trying to earn an honest dollar is akin to torture.
International human rights law lays down the obligations of Governments to act in certain ways or to refrain from certain acts, in order to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms of individuals or groups.UN.org
I’ll list here some of the basic human rights for all to read and you decide if any of them is being violated in coercing people to take the Covid-19 vaccine.
Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.article 23 – right to work
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek receive and impart information and ideas though any media and regardless of frontiers.article 19 – freedom of expression
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.Article 18 – freedom of religion or belief
Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.article 13 – freedom of movement
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.article 5 – freedom from torture
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.article 3 – right to life
Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.
We all dream of a world where Covid no longer exists, but better means to that end must be devised. How about stepping up efforts in convincing people of efficacy and safety of the vaccine instead of coercive “measures”?