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World Health Organization IHR Amendments: Letters for Health Secretary & Your Local MP

As many Together supporters already know, the WHO’s “IHR Amendments” sound boring, but contain some real nasties.

We should always remember the WHO didn’t have a monopoly on dreadful policies in Covid. Our own politicians showed themselves quite capable of introducing lockdowns, vaccine passports and mandates. We will always have to fight for fundamental rights, whether the threats come from Geneva, London or anywhere else.

However, taken together, the WHO’s proposed “International Health Regulations” Amendments could empower the WHO to issue “requirements” for the UK to mandate highly restrictive measures such as lockdowns, masks, quarantines, border closures, travel restrictions, medication of individuals including vaccination, medical examinations etc, in a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern” (PHEIC) declared by themselves. This constitutes a serious threat to basic human rights, medical ethics and the doctor-patient relationship, and must be opposed.

We ask you to help us lobby the Health Secretary and your MP to put pressure on the UK Government to reject the Amendment to Article 59, which reduces the time we will have available to reject future Amendments, BEFORE 1 December 2023.

Below, please find suggested template letters you can send to the new Health Secretary, Victoria Atkins, and to your local MP. If you would like to edit these and add your own thoughts, so much the better.

LETTER FOR Secretary of State for Health and Social Care – Rt Hon Victoria Atkins MP

Step 1: OPEN UP A BLANK EMAIL

Open up a blank email to Victoria Atkins at:

dhsc.publicenquiries@dhsc.gov.uk

Step 2: USE OR ADAPT THE FOLLOWING TEMPLATE MESSAGE (use a subject line such as Reject Amendment 59)

Dear Mrs Atkins

Re: Rejecting Amendment to Article 59 of the International Health Regulations Adopted in May 2022

You will be aware that on 31 May 2022, the delegates of the WHO World Health Assembly formally adopted five new amendments to the International Health Regulations (2005).

You will also be aware that these amendments come into force, under international law, for all member states after 24 months (31 May 2024) UNLESS they actively opt out of any of them within 18 months (30 November 2023) invoking Article 61 “If a State notifies the Director-General of its rejection of these Regulations or of an amendment thereto within the applicable period provided in paragraph 1 or 1bis of Article 59, these Regulations or the amendment concerned shall not enter into force with respect to that State…”.

Of the 5 new Amendments, there is one which I am very concerned about that will severely compromise the ability of the public to lobby politicians to reject future amendments, by reducing the time available. This is an Amendment to Article 59, which significantly reduces the time allowed for a country’s leadership to reject IHR Amendments adopted at future World Health Assemblies, from 18 months to 10 months.

We are now just over a month away from the deadline for the UK Government to reject this worrying Amendment. Failure to do so will mean that we are legally bound by this new, tighter timeframe for rejecting future amendments.

This will be problematic in the very near future, as there are around 300 Amendments to the International Health Regulations which are currently being negotiated and finalised, to be voted on in May 2024 at the 77th World Health Assembly, by the largely unknown, unelected and unaccountable delegates from each country. Adoption of these amendments will require NO UK Parliamentary scrutiny or vote.

The draft amendments that have been made public include many that pose a serious threat to human rights, and individual and national sovereignty, and which will massively increase the power and reach of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Almost no-one who is informed believes the WHO performed anything other than appallingly during Covid, with disastrous results. Yet there seems no attempt to reform this unelected, unaccountable organisation, which we British taxpayers fund in the millions. On the contrary, there is an evident drive to give it ever more power, ever more of our money, and ever less scrutiny.

Amendments that are being negotiated include:

  • Making WHO emergency guidance legally binding (currently ‘advisory’) on member states.
  • Removing the IHR clause requiring the WHO to uphold ‘full respect for the dignity, human rights and fundamental freedoms’ of individuals.
  • Empowering the WHO Director General to single-handedly to declare a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), giving this unelected, unaccountable individual unprecedented levels of power to dictate UK public health policy and restrict fundamental human rights and freedoms.
  • Implementation of an International Global Health Certification system, enabling nations to enforce travel restrictions using tools such as vaccine certificates, passenger locator forms and traveller health declarations; all tied to a personal QR code.
  • Seeking to increase censorship of dissenting voices by mandating systematic global collaboration to counter dissent to official governmental or WHO guidance.

Taken together, the proposed amendments could empower the WHO to issue “requirements” for the UK to mandate highly restrictive measures such as lockdowns, masks, quarantines, border closures, travel restrictions, medication of individuals including vaccination, medical examinations etc, in a PHEIC declared by themselves. This constitutes an existential threat to basic human rights, medical ethics and the doctor-patient relationship, and must be opposed.

As Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, you have the authority to reject any adopted IHR amendment, to release the UK from their legal obligation to be bound by them. Please inform the WHO Director-General that the UK wishes to reject the Amendment to Article 59, reducing the time to reject future amendments from 18 months to 10 months. This simple action must be performed by 1 December 2023.

Yours sincerely

Step 3: POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Use or adapt the following text, tagging in your local MP if you can. (Note the tags below work for Twitter but may need adjusting/be unavailable on other social media platforms.)

The @WHO failed the world badly over Covid

Why would we give it more power, UK taxpayer money & even less scrutiny?

“IHR Amendments” sounds boring but contains many nasties

Proper scrutiny needed: #RejectAmendment59 @dhscgovuk

@andrewmitchmp @annietrev

LETTER FOR YOUR LOCAL MP

Step 4: FIND YOUR LOCAL MP’s CONTACT DETAILS AND OPEN UP A BLANK EMAIL TO THEM

Find your local MP’s contact info HERE

Step 5: USE OR ADAPT THE FOLLOWING TEMPLATE MESSAGE

(Use a subject line such as Please ask Victoria Atkins to Reject Amendment 59) – be sure to include your postal address so your MP knows you are a constituent

Re: Rejecting Amendment to Article 59 of the International Health Regulations Adopted in May 2022

I am writing to you as my MP and representative in Parliament, to ask for urgent action and lobbying of the Secretary of State of Health and Social Care, on my behalf, in relation to the information below.

Almost no-one who is informed believes the World Health Organization (WHO) performed anything other than appallingly during Covid, with disastrous results. Yet there seems no attempt to reform this unelected, unaccountable organisation, which British taxpayers fund in the millions. On the contrary, a drive is evident to give the totally undemocratic WHO ever more power, ever more of our money, and ever less scrutiny.

You should be aware that on 31 May 2022, the delegates of the WHO World Health Assembly formally adopted five new amendments to the International Health Regulations (2005).

You should also be aware that these amendments come into force, under international law, for all member states after 24 months (31 May 2024) UNLESS they actively opt out of any of them within 18 months (30 November 2023) invoking Article 61 “If a State notifies the Director-General of its rejection of these Regulations or of an amendment thereto within the applicable period provided in paragraph 1 or 1bis of Article 59, these Regulations or the amendment concerned shall not enter into force with respect to that State…”.

Of the five new Amendments, there is one which I am very concerned about that will severely compromise the ability of the public to lobby politicians to reject future amendments, by reducing the time available. This is an Amendment to Article 59, which significantly reduces the time allowed for a country’s leadership to reject IHR Amendments adopted at future World Health Assemblies, from 18 months to 10 months.

We are now just over a month away from the deadline for the UK Government to reject this worrying Amendment. Failure to do so will mean that we are legally bound by this new, tighter timeframe for rejecting future amendments.

This will be problematic in the very near future, as there are around 300 Amendments to the International Health Regulations which are currently being negotiated and finalised, to be voted on in May 2024 at the 77th World Health Assembly, by the largely unknown, unelected and unaccountable delegates from each country. Adoption of these amendments will require NO UK Parliamentary scrutiny or vote.

The draft amendments that have been made public include many that pose a serious threat to human rights, and individual and national sovereignty, and which will massively increase the power and reach of the WHO.

Amendments that are being negotiated include:

  • Making WHO emergency guidance legally binding (currently ‘advisory’) on member states.
  • Removing the IHR clause requiring the WHO to uphold ‘full respect for the dignity, human rights and fundamental freedoms’ of individuals.
  • Empowering the WHO Director General to single-handedly to declare a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), giving this unelected, unaccountable individual unprecedented levels of power to dictate UK public health policy and restrict fundamental human rights and freedoms.
  • Implementation of an International Global Health Certification system, enabling nations to enforce travel restrictions using tools such as vaccine certificates, passenger locator forms and traveller health declarations; all tied to a personal QR code.
  • Seeking to increase censorship of dissenting voices by mandating systematic global collaboration to counter dissent to official governmental or WHO guidance.

Taken together, the proposed amendments could empower the WHO to issue “requirements” for the UK to mandate highly restrictive measures such as lockdowns, masks, quarantines, border closures, travel restrictions, medication of individuals including vaccination, medical examinations etc, in a PHEIC declared by themselves. This constitutes an existential threat to basic human rights, medical ethics and the doctor-patient relationship, and must be opposed.

The UK Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Rt Hon Victoria Atkins MP, has the authority to reject any adopted IHR amendment, to release the UK from our legal obligation to be bound by them. Please lobby Mrs Atkins to urgently inform the WHO Director-General that the UK wishes to reject the Amendment to Article 59, reducing the time to reject future amendments from 18 months to 10 months. This simple action must be performed by 1 December 2023.

Yours sincerely,