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Aug 17, 2021

Antivaxxer Movement Behind Court Claim

Arthur Saldivar

A fix-date claim form was filed in the Supreme Court of Belize on Monday. The claimants are now waiting for a date from the court for the matter to be heard. But, how does the court claim separate the argument of fundamental rights from what some may view as actions by an antivaxxer movement? The Belizean Rights and Justice Movement which has publicly denounced the vaccine says that they are behind the claim.


Paul Lopez

“Within the document that I’ve seen, the legal document, there are arguments against the PCR test. There are arguments against the safety of the vaccine. I may even interpret one of the points as questioning whether the virus exist or is real.”


Arthur Saldivar, Attorney at Law

“When in the submission it is asked whether or not the minister has done anything or caused anything to be done to isolate the COVID-19 virus, that comes directly from a case that has been tried and won on that basis. It is not denying the existence of the COVID-19 virus, but it is saying that if all the efforts to derogate the rights of the individual is coming from the presumption that this exists and it is deadly. What have you done to isolate it to show that in fact it is deadly?  This is the justifications for the derogation of rights. Man, revolutions have been fought for these fundamental rights and freedom to be protected. Let’s not have to fight another revolution after you take it away without cause and reason. All we are saying show us that you have done what is necessary to satisfy the individual, that you have basically not just arbitrarily sought to take away our rights, but you have done the research to satisfy that the state is in such a threat. And this is the thing; you cannot have it one way or the other. You cannot say this is a threat to national existence without going through a public period of emergency.”


In a release earlier today, the Belizean Rights and Justice Movement stated that the because the claim has been filed, there can be no legal action taken against anyone in pursuant to S.I. seventy-four until the matter has been determined. In response, however, the Attorney General’s Ministry issued a release of its own, clarifying that there has been no court ordered injunction against the enforcement of S.I. seventy-four and that these regulations are still in force and effect.

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