ECHR/Vaccines: Establishing Limits on States' Power

Vaccines: Establishing States' Limits

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The recent development of biotechnology requires to lay down principles delimiting the power of public administration over the body of people with particular acuity. Public health has certainly advanced a great deal during the 20th century. However, the governments of many countries, even democratic ones, have sometimes abused their power in this matter, by imposing hygienist and eugenic policies which violate the rights of individuals.


To date, a significant proportion of European states do not impose mandatory vaccination, nor a "vaccine pass." According to Daniel Floret, president of the Technical Committee on Vaccinations (CTV) of the High Council of Public Health, these countries “have an immunization coverage rate roughly similar” to the countries which impose vaccination.[1] Therefore, the compulsory nature of vaccination has no major impact on the vaccination rate of the population.


The goal sought by compulsory vaccination can be achieved by less restrictive measures which are more respectful of the fundamental rights and freedoms of parents.


The ECLJ intervened and will continue to intervene at the European Court of Human Rights in cases regarding mandatory vaccination.


Support the observations of the ECLJ by signing this petition to ask the European Court to:


  • Establish clear limits to the power of the State with regard to compulsory vaccination;
  • Reject the general and absolute nature of compulsory vaccination;
  • Consider that the aim sought by compulsory vaccination can be achieved through less restrictive measures which are more respectful of the fundamental rights and freedoms of parents.


[1] Cécile Casciano, « L’arrêt de la vaccination obligatoire est inéluctable », L’Express, 20 mars 2015.

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