PETITION AGAINST WHO TREATY

PETITION

WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION (WHO) PANDEMIC PREPAREDNESS TREATY / AMENDED INTERNATIONAL HEALTH REGULATIONS

In South Africa, public participation in agreements to amendments related to the law, is a fundamental component of constitutional democracy that simply cannot be ignored particularly  when these agreements or amendments are binding on its citizens. Any law affecting a citizen’s right to self determination cannot elude parliamentary scrutiny. Of course, should parliamentary scrutiny and public participation be avoided or overlooked, our constitutional democracy will severely be threatened.

 

Relating to sections 59(1) (a) and 72(1) (a) of the Constitution of South Africa (Act 108 of 1996), the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) submits this petition for immediate intervention by The Speaker of Parliament.

 

The ACDP wishes to be very clear that no official or delegate in attendance of the World Health Assembly in Geneva on 22nd May 2022 to 28th May 2022 will have the mandate to speak on behalf of South Africans without their consent. 

 

The ACDP demands that the detail of the treaty be fully debated in Parliament. In addition to this debate, we insist that the public be properly consulted and that all South Africans have their say instead of a few officials from the department. This is embodied and provisioned for under sections 59(1) (a) and 72(1) (a) of the Constitution of South Africa (Act 108 of 1996).

 

We, the ACDP, petition the following:

  1. Proper public participation on the matter proposed by the above mentioned Treaty and on the Amended International Health Regulations;
  2. Proper public participation about whether South Africa should sign up to any aspects of the above mentioned Treaty that will give all controlling powers on pandemics to WHO.
  3. A proper debate in Parliament after public submissions have been made;
  4. That no delegation or department represent the citizens of South Africa without their consent.

Yours sincerely,

MP Wayne Thring
ACDP Deputy President

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    We, the ACDP, petition the following:

    1. Proper public participation on the matter proposed by the above mentioned Treaty and on the Amended International Health Regulations;
    2. Proper public participation about whether South Africa should sign up to any aspects of the above mentioned Treaty that will give all controlling powers on pandemics to WHO.
    3. A proper debate in Parliament after public submissions have been made;
    4. That no delegation or department represent the citizens of South Africa without their consent.

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