Belgian Court Rules COVID Pass Illegal & Orders Local Government To Withdraw Measure
by Arjun Walia, The Pulse:
- The Facts:
- A court in Belgium’s Wallonia region has ruled that use of a COVID pass is illegal.
- The court ordered the local government to pay a daily fine of €5,000 ($5,658) until they withdraw the measure.
- Reflect On:
- Despite so much opposition, why do governments have the power to restrict the rights, freedoms and movements of people?
- Why is science and evidence showing the many harms of these interventions unacknowledged within the mainstream?
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A court in Belgium’s Wallonia region, a French speaking region in southern Belgium that’s home to approximately 3.5 million people, has ruled that the use of a COVID vaccine certificate is illegal. As a result, the court has ordered the local government to pay a daily fine of €5,000 ($5,658 USD) until they withdraw the measure.
The lawsuit was initiated by ‘Notre bon droit’ (Our good right), a non-profit organization.
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According to the court, rules requiring these certificates for people to enter gyms, restaurants, cafés and various other places go completely against the rights and freedoms of individuals. Not only that, the judgement expressed that measures like vaccine passes do not serve the goal that they pursue, which is to stop the spread of COVID.
Despite the ruling, the Wallonia region stated that they would not repeal the regulation and has appealed the judgement.
The COVID pass is currently mandatory throughout the country as citizens wish to access certain venues. But regional governments are the ones responsible for enforcing these measures.
There are many science-based reasons calling into question the use of vaccine passes, many millions of people have been protesting against these measures since they’ve been implemented.