Equity International Initiative (EII) has warned Nigeria and other sovereign nations not to sign the proposed amendment of the International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005 by the supreme legislative body of the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Health Assembly (WHA).
EII, in a statement, said the IHR amendments have nothing to offer to strengthen WHO’s preparedness and response to health emergencies. The non-governmental organization (NGO) said the amendment is a clandestine scenario to position the WHO as a world government, legalizing the transfer of national sovereignty from nations to the United Nations (UN) agency.
It raised alarm that the United States was submitting a bizarre proposal to the WHO to modify several articles of the IHR, which are expected to be adopted by the 75th WHA which began on May 22.
The 75th WHA was held in Geneva, Switzerland from May 22-28, 2022. This is the first in-person health assembly since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The theme of this year’s Health Assembly is “Health for peace, peace for health”.
Ambassador for Peace, Chris Iyama of Equity International Initiative, said: “Our conclusion is that Nigeria and indeed all other sovereign nations should not sign this proposed amendment to the RSI. If for any reason the leaders of the nation wanted to take a second look at this proposal, the same should be passed on to the National Assembly for our elected representatives and the public to have a say, for the clear implications of the text of this proposal has very troubling and far-reaching implications for the world at large and Nigeria in particular.
The IHR, first adopted by the WHA in 1969 and last revised in 2005, are legally binding rules that apply only to the WHO which is an instrument that seeks international collaboration “to prevent, protect against, control and provide a public health response”. to the international spread of disease in a manner that is proportionate and limited to public health risks and that avoids unnecessary interference with international traffic and trade”.
WHO, as the world’s primary policy maker and stakeholder in public health, is the implementer of the IHR. Undoubtedly, in the nearly 15 years of the IHR’s enactment, at no time has the use and abuse of the legal instrument been tested as seen since 2020/2021 during the outbreak and sequelae of COVID-19.
However, critics say, just as nations around the world looked to the WHO for leadership and political guidance in the global effort to supposedly contain the spread of the virus, signs began to appear that the global body was leading a commercial effort by pharmaceutical conglomerates, non-state parties, the deep state and other non-state actors for the imposition and administration of barely tested mixtures as vaccines as well as mandatory masks.
EII added: “Ordinarily, from the title and the introduction of the text of the proposal, one would be forgiven if one assumed that the proposal is intended for the greater good of all and to truly prepare the world for future outbreaks of global infections. .
“However, reading between the lines the texts smuggled into the IHR and those proposed to be removed from the existing law, one would clearly see the inevitable transmutation of the WHO into a totalitarian body empowered to cross international borders. without respecting the rules of national sovereignty under the pretext of fighting an epidemic of global scope”.
The NGO said that a careful study and examination of the texts removed from the law and those introduced into the IHR clearly shows that these amendments have nothing to offer in terms of “strengthening the preparedness and response of the WHO to health emergencies, but a transfer of national sovereignty from nations to the WHO.
On Article 9, the initiative said the amendment to this article proposes to remove the requirement for the WHO to consult and obtain country verification when a public health emergency is alleged. of international concern occurred before traveling or taking action inside or outside the territory. country in relation to the alleged event. This, critics say, would be used by powerful nations and even organizations to impose drugs, vaccines and measures on the citizens of nations that the people or their elected leaders oppose.
Regarding Article 12, EII said that the Director General of the WHO would now have the global power to declare that a health emergency has occurred in a State Party, even when the national authority of the country has not made such a decision or does not accept the WHO report. on the occurrence.
Examining Articles 48, 49, 53, 59, the NGO said: “As observed above, the real intention of the inventors of the proposed amendments to the RSI is to eliminate the international rule on national sovereignty and territorial integrity. of nations, the eradication of the individual right to privacy and the right to decide what medications one receives in the event of illness”.
The body said it is signing these proposed amendments for a nation to cede its sovereignty, security and the rights of its citizens to the WHO and its director-general.
He insisted that authority and sovereignty should rest with the people and their elected leaders.