New Zealand, fellow UN members, and the US are signatories to the World Health Organisation’s International Health Regulations (IHR) accord of 2005. The document could be used to implement universal vaccination mandates and digital vaccine passports.
The 75th meeting of the World Health Assembly will be held in Geneva, Switzerland on May 22-28 (2022). The Assembly (of 194 WHO countries) will vote on amendments to the IHR.
The WHO states that the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) provide an overarching legal framework that defines countries’ rights and obligations in handling public health events and emergencies that have the potential to cross borders.
“The IHR are an instrument of international law that is legally-binding on 196 countries, including the 194 WHO Member States,” states WHO.
“The IHR require countries to designate a National IHR Focal Point for communications with WHO, to establish and maintain core capacities for surveillance and response, including at designated points of entry. Additional provisions address the areas of international travel and transport such as the health documents required for international traffic.
“Finally, the IHR introduce important safeguards to protect the rights of travellers and other persons in relation to the treatment of personal data, informed consent and non-discrimination in the application of health measures under the Regulations.”
The proposed treaty could empower the WHO to do the following – over-riding our country’s laws laws:
- Increased surveillance
- A “One Health” approach
- The WHO may unilaterally decide
- Enable health care workers to be brought in
- A “Compliance Committee” will have investigatory powers within each country
- Change the definition of a pandemic in order to declare otherwise unjustified pandemics
- The WHO could declare almost anything to be a pandemic – heart disease, cancer,
diabetes, mental illness, etc
- Impose lockdowns worldwide, centrally from the UN
- Enforce expensive, unsafe, and ineffective treatments against the will of the
individual people of the world
- Implement universal vaccination mandates and digital vaccine passports
- Develop norms and standards for digital technology related to international travel for
international contact tracing
- Develop surveillance systems that would link into each country’s national health
- Give incentives for countries to report new viruses or variants, keeping up the
- Promote untested medicines and vaccines