Urge the Government of Serbia to Allow Freedom of Choice on the Issue of Vaccination. Please join us in protecting the health freedom of Serbian citizens. We believe that forcing vaccination is a violation of international human rights.
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Please join us in protecting the health freedom of Serbian citizens. There is currently a campaign by government and institutional officials in the country to completely eradicate any form of exemption to forced vaccination. We, concerned parents who stand for human rights and health freedom, are fighting for the right to choose. We believe that forcing vaccination is a violation of international human rights.
As you read this, lawmakers are paving the road towards the introduction of forced vaccination in Serbia. Laws that are in direct opposition to the Serbian constitution are being voted on right now. For these reasons, we asked the Ombudsman to protect our rights and the response we received is that, in Serbia, we do not have the right to "direct our own lives and health matters according to our own discretion".
Please refer to the following statement made by the Ombudsman's office:
"In addition, health protection laws have mandated obligatory individual submission to immunization; subsequently, it is the parents’/guardians’ obligation to submit to the immunization of the children in their care. "
We urge the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to uphold the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and prevent officials in Serbia from forcing concerned parents into "submission" to the immunization of their children given the depth of proven and internationally well-documented evidence of vaccine-related injuries and deaths.
Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states the following:
"Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person."
We believe that mandatory "submission" to vaccination directly undermines our rights:
To life, because of the possibility of vaccine-related deaths and injuries.
To liberty, because we are being denied the freedom of choice on significant matters related to our personal health and that of our children.
To security of person, because we are being forced to accept interventions that undermine the security of our individual personhood. We are in fact being denied individual personhood because we are being denied the right to refuse interventions that could cause detrimental health effects. If decisions related to our health are made by those who do not have our consent to make those decisions, we are no longer persons, we have become property.
Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states the following:
"No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks."
We consider the mandatory vaccination of our children as being arbitrary interference with our families. We can interpret the Ombudsman's letter as stating that we as parents cannot make decisions about our children's medical care, and that those decisions are to be made by "professionals" and lawmakers. Therefore, we are essentially being told that our children are the property of those decision-makers and not our children or our families. This is arbitrary interference with the family. A psychologically sound and concerned parent ought to have every right to question medical interventions and make decisions that weigh the risks and benefits of such interventions.
We are simply asking for freedom of choice when it comes to our health and well-being, and that of our children and families. We are asking for our human rights to be respected. We are seeking to be protected from being forced into "submitting" to medical interventions against our will.
This is not a debate about the merits of vaccination. We are simply asking to have the right to choose when and if to vaccinate our children, and to be informed about specific vaccine risks and benefits. This right to information is something that Serbian citizens do not have the benefit of within the current debate concerning vaccine benefits and risks.
Please join us in our campaign to protect the right to informed consent and human rights in Serbia.
References Substantiating Our Concerns:
Please refer to the following response provided to my mother, Biljana Grba, a concerned citizen of Serbia, in response to her inquiry as to the Ombudsman's ability to uphold the Constitution and prevent citizens from being subjected to forced vaccination:
We have carefully considered your letter with regards to the possibility for parents to independently decide whether or not their child will be vaccinated.
Within the Republic of Serbia, regulations allow for such an option in the case of specific illnesses (for example, influenza - except for specific categories of citizens), however; this option does not exist in the case of illnesses for which the law has prescribed mandatory immunization (vaccination). We will cite the following provision of the law:
'Vaccination against the following is mandatory:
Tuberculosis, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, poliomyelitis, chickenpox, rubella, mumps, viral hepatitis “B” and illnesses caused by haemophilus influenzae “B” - for specific age groups;
Hepatitis “B”, rabies, and tetanus - for individuals exposed to an increased risk of contracting these illnesses;
Influenza, illnesses caused by haemophilus influenzae “B”, streptococcal pneumonia, and meningococcal illnesses - for specific individuals, based on indicating factors;
Yellow fever, cholera, diphtheria, meningococcal illnesses, and typhoid fever - for individuals traveling internationally who are en route to countries where transmission occurs and to countries that require vaccination against these illnesses.
(The law on the protection of the population from infectious diseases published by “the official gazette of the Republic of Serbia” number 125/04, section 25, article 2.)'
In the case of mandatory immunization, the law does not give anyone the right to choose, specifically as related to one’s own vaccination, and even less so when deciding about the vaccination of another individual. An exception to this would be a case of the existence of temporary or lasting contraindications, as confirmed by a medical doctor (in the case of temporary contraindications), or a team of experts on contraindications (in the case of lasting contraindications).
In addition, health protection laws have mandated obligatory individual submission to immunization; subsequently, it is the parents’/guardians’ obligation to submit to the immunization of the children in their care.
We cannot enter into the 'for or against vaccination' debate, because we are discussing professional issues that are to be addressed by professionals, if there exist new, tested and verified, facts that point to the harmfulness of, or absence of benefits of, vaccines. At this current moment, the medical profession’s position on this issue is clear: we are discussing serious illnesses, many of which that have been, as a result of vaccination, eradicated or at least reduced to the level of individual cases; we are restating that, with this stance in mind,only medical professionals can debate the issue on the basis of clear and verified arguments.
Parents’ anxiety and fear is completely understandable to us in this current time of an easily available variety of information - from the exceptionally significant and useful, to information ranging from the false to the distorted and malicious.
Your ascertainment that, 'the right of citizens to make independent decisions about matters related to their lives and their health is ingrained within the Serbian Constitution', is false. The Serbian Constitution guarantees that, 'everyone has the right to the protection of their physical and psychological health' (Section 68 of the Constitution), and does not allow individuals to direct their own lives and health matters according to their own discretion, even much less so the life and health of another person. An individual’s freedom as related to the manner by which he or she will conduct their own life has a limit, and that limit is endangering one’s own life and health, respectively the life and health of others. This limitation exists in every legal system, and in Serbia as well. For this reason, there exists the obligation on the part of medical doctors to take actions that are against a patient’s wishes when it comes to saving lives or the taking of measures towards citizens that result in the protection of other persons from exposure to diseases and illnesses. It is therefore clear that such a limit is even more rigid and infallible in matters of decision making that affect other persons, especially when the other person is a child. Parents’ rights to make decisions concerning the development, care, and upbringing of their child have limits, and protecting a child’s health is one of those limits. Therefore, in modern legal systems, such as those which you have referenced, the possibility for 'all of us to independently make decisions whether or not we will agree to an intervention being performed on our child' does not exist; in fact, the majority of legal systems you have referenced have far more strict policies and practices in this regard than those that exist within the Republic of Serbia.
Based on data from the year 2012, out of 29 European countries, vaccination is not mandatory in 15, while in the remaining 14 at least one vaccine is mandatory. Meanwhile, vaccines are always recommended even in countries where vaccination is not mandatory, which means that even in those counties, there exists a consensus on the part of the medical profession that children should be vaccinated against those illnesses. Based on assessments made by professional agencies, following the abolishment of mandatory vaccination, there had not been a significant decrease in the number of children being vaccinated (in countries where exemptions are now possible). You can find more detailed data on the “Eurosurveillance” website: http://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=20183."
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