Grassroots organizations broke the government-sponsored COVID-19 vaccine obligation in Loha, Ecuador, on August 5.
On July 6, the Emergency Operations Committee (EOC), the crisis response arm of the Ecuadorian state-level government, announced. Decree announced Mandatory COVID-19 vaccine for state residents over the age of 16 by August 9.
The decree, which shocked the population, imposed restrictions on unvaccinated individuals, including access to government buildings, bill payment locations, banks, restaurants, and other areas of daily commerce.
Nick Vasey, founder of Human Rights Ecuador, told The Epoch Times about the steps his organization took before the mission came into effect.
“We had to estimate the actual end results for all of these,” says Vasey. “they [EOC] He planned to give the Ecuadorian community zero time to comply with their legislation and steam the population. “
Human Rights Ecuador is a Roha-based group that promotes medical freedom.
Vasey’s lawyer filed an injunction with the EOC on July 30. The lawyer then scheduled a meeting with the Loja Ombudsman office on August 3. This proved to be an important step, as the state ombudsman could invalidate the measures proposed by the EOC.As a result, the Roha Ombudsman office Make a statement On August 5, he dismissed the vaccine obligation because it was “unconstitutional.”
“There was formidable and constitutionally binding opposition to human rights against the proposed measures,” Vasey added.
The Ecuadorian Constitution guarantees citizens the right to refusal and treats all citizens equally before the law, without distinguishing between political ideology, socio-economic or cultural conditions.Human rights Ecuadorian claims On that website The proposed vaccine obligation also violates UNESCO’s universal declaration on bioethics and human rights, which takes precedence over local regulations under Article 425 of the Ecuadorian Constitution.
On August 5, the Constitutional Court of Ecuador ruled against the extension of the state of emergency in Guayaquil and El Oro, originally requested by President Guillermo Lasso’s government. The newly elected President Lasso took office on May 24 this year, claiming to vaccinate 9 million people in the first 100 days of the administration. However, unless the state of emergency is extended, the EOC does not have administrative authority to promote the COVID-19 vaccine.
Vasey argued that Loja was just a proof of the vaccine mandate program drafted by various state governments, where Guayaquil is likely to come next.
Guayaquil is Ecuador’s most populous state, with a population of 17.9 million and a population of over 5 million.
A small country in South America suffered considerably from the first and second waves of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic. About 32,000 people have died from COVID-19, a disease caused by the CCP virus, commonly known as the new coronavirus.
Last year, images emerged of corpses left on streets outside homes and hospitals due to the so scarce resources available to handle the rapidly increasing number of victims. The severe phenomenon is particularly prevalent in Guayaquil, and many of its inhabitants continue to be afraid of the effects of the virus.
Ecuador has been given at least 15,516,237 COVID-19 vaccines so far. Last week, the country averaged about 250,098 doses per day.
Public Health Minister Ximena Garzón issued a statement on June 9 explaining that her department will continue to coordinate with the military and the National Election Council to establish mass vaccination centers nationwide. Many of the centers mentioned above are the voting sites used in the general elections earlier this year.
The Epoch Times asked Roha’s EOC office for comment, but did not respond.