The public consultation process for the proposed WHO international ‘Pandemic Treaty’ is well underway, with written public submissions having closed on 13 April 2022.
Requests for registration at the spoken component of the public hearings also closed, on 11 April 2022.
The fast-tracked consultation process with little or no public awareness of the dates has many health advocates concerned that rights of natural justice, especially for the world’s poor, are being disregarded.
One of the speakers at the first round of public hearings to make subsmissions via video link was South Africa journalist Shabnam Palesa Mohamed, the founding director of Transformative Health Justice, a non-profit health advocacy organisation specialising in achieving just health outcomes for the African continent.
Mohamed raised six concerns in her short yet on-point submission:
- The sovereignty of the African continent must be respected by the WHO. This includes national and traditional medicines, natural immunity, and our experience in dealing with disease.
- Conflicts of interest must be declared by the WHO, it’s funders and it’s public relations and media stakeholders, especially as Africa is a highly receptive and corrupt space for Big Pharma which have a history of experimenting on our children without informed consent.
- The WHO must insist that Big Pharma release all injection contracts, and not be allowed to hold clinical or safety data back from the public. Further, to be taken seriously, the WHO should not be accepting funding from Big Pharma, conflicted philanthropy investors and stakeholders.
- Censorship must be strongly discouraged by the WHO as it violates natural law and democratic constitutions. This is particularly obvious in South Africa where a previously protected constitution has been subverted during COVID-19.
- No treaty can be held as binding, nor should sanctions be imposed against any country that decides it does not want to abide by certain or all articles in the proposed treaty, international health regulations or any other agreement.
- Without a proper public participation process, any agreement is unconstitutional, unlawful and invalid. Therefore, the WHO ethically and legally obliged to create a proper and robust public participation process which reaches the poor, the illiterate, and those critical of the WHO.
The second and final round of public hearings is to take place on 16 and 17 June, which can be viewed worldwide at this link.