Ecuador becomes the first country to mandate Covid vaccines for children from age of 5 (and also for adults). Other countries that require or will require vaccination for adults include Indonesia, Micronesia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Austria.
Two present human rights issues in Indonesia
- The United Nations says Indonesia must immediately drop charges and look into threats, intimidation and reprisals against human rights defender Veronica Koman and her family. Read more.
- Mandatory vaccination is particularly concerning given that Indonesia has a history of using coercive tactics for the sake of public health. Read more.
Julian Assange spends another Christmas in prison
As Julian Assange spends another Christmas in prison, the perpetrators of many of the crimes he helped reveal still enjoy their impunity. The Assange case keeps reminding us about the ongoing extreme failure of justice, in a number of countries. The failure is causing serious damage to our society in general, because a well-functioning legal system is so important for society to become successful.
Don’t miss the articles about Assange published yesterday by Erling Borgen (in Norwegian) and Ameen Izzadeen.
Protecting the Nazis
Read the blog post by Craig Murray about the countries that unsuccessfully tried to stop the UN General Assembly from adopting a resolution condemning Nazism. Note that in addition to the two countries voting against the resolution, 49 countries (including Sweden and Finland, where many influential people were pro-Nazi in the beginning of WWII) abstained in the vote.
The Danish spy case
Read the question from Hans Wallmark (in Swedish). However, he apparently forgot to mention the bazaar, which Accoun wrote about already in 2014.
Government’s proposal restricts freedom of expression
Nils Funcke writes that for the past seven years, the Swedish government has, with some exceptions, dismantled the protection of our fundamental freedoms and rights. Read the chronicle (in Swedish).
More news from Austria
- In Austria, people will not only be forced to vaccinate themselves against Covid. They police has even used physical force in order to force Covid testing of a person, against her will. Afterwards, a court has decided that this was illegal. However, it is also reported that “Compulsory testing is legally possible, but must be ordered by the authorities.” The authority should also have checked the proportionality beforehand. Read the article (in German).
- Last week, around 200 doctors in Austria sent an open letter. The undersigned question the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine in healthy people under 65 with no risk factors. The names of eight school doctors appear in the signature list. They now risk loosing their jobs, because they are critical of vaccinations. Read the article (in German).
- A professor, who is critical against the handling of the Corona crisis, has been fired from his work at the Medical University of Vienna. The professor recently held a press conference together with a leading politician in Austria. Read the article (in German).
Challenging the Swedish self-image
Sweden is known to be one of the least corrupt countries in the world. Or perhaps more accurately, it used to be that way. Three political scientists are now challenging the Swedish self-image. They claim that the Swedish institutions seem vulnerable to infiltration, corruption and fraud. Read more in Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish).
Around the world, many people suspect that some leading politicians are bought off by powerful interest groups, such as Big Pharma. A recent report from Germany highlights the problem:
Pfizer is one of the sponsors of the party conference of SPD, which is one of the ruling parties in Germany. Norbert Häring writes on his blog about this form of institutionalized corruption (in German):
Together with Biontech, Pfizer is producing a vaccine whose unrestricted patent protection was rigorously defended by the SPD
Pfizer profits enormously from vaccination, which is compulsory for health workers in Germany and perhaps soon for the general population.