STRASBOURG, France (LifeSiteNews) – Four members of European Parliament have joined forces to defend the rights of European citizens against the digital COVID passport.
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) Kristian Anderson, Francesca Donato, Ivan Sincic, and Cristian Terhes spoke at an October 20 press conference called “Defending fundamental rights by opposing the misuse of Digital Green Certificate.” There the four politicians protested the violation of the fundamental rights of European Union [EU] citizens by the imposition of the European vaccine passport, or “green pass.”
“We have a really terrible situation in Europe today because human rights are not respected,” said Donato, an MEP from Italy.
The press conference took place among rising concerns that MEPs and parliament staff soon may be unable to access the European parliament without a green pass, as Romanian MEP Cristian Terhes explained at the beginning of the conference.
During her speech, Francesca Donato referred extensively to Europe’s charter of fundamental rights.
“We have the European Charter of Human Rights, which has the full value of a treaty and should be taken into account by all national governments while writing their laws, but in fact, it’s [been] obliterated,” she said.
Donato noted that the COVID certificate was originally introduced to “facilitate movement between member states and with the purpose of avoiding any discrimination against non-vaccinated people.”
However, this is not how the green pass was implemented in many EU member states, including in Italy, as Donato observed.
“The Italian government and other governments have introduced a compulsory COVID certificate for every [type of] social activity, such as entering public premises or traveling within the country,” she said.
Donato denounced the crackdown on the peaceful protests that have erupted in Italy and elsewhere since the imposition or strengthening of vaccine passport policies, saying that the gatherings are being “violently repressed.”
She argued that by imposing the pass and mandating vaccination, the Italian government, among others, has created “a big discrimination between vaccinated and unvaccinated people.”
This discrimination stems from “an absolute presumption of infectivity for non-vaccinated people, and of non-infectivity for vaccinated people,” she said, a presumption she described as “scientifically unfounded.”
Indeed, some scientists, including mRNA expert Dr. Robert Malone, have even suggested that the rate of COVID transmission and infection is higher among the vaccinated.
Donato then denounced the lack of informed consent and the fact that people are being pressured or forced to take the vaccines, which she described as “invasive” and “risky.”
“We are forcing citizens to receive invasive and risky health treatments because the informed consent that citizens are obliged to sign to receive the vaccines is not free: it’s an extorted consent,” she said, adding that even people with counter-indications are often forced to take the jab or face losing their job.
“A medical issue has turned into a democratic issue,” she declared.
Donato concluded by addressing rising concerns over jab-related adverse events and stated that people suffering from vaccine injuries are “not receiving any assistance” from their governments.
She also noted that these events are not being reported in a consistent manner and that this could lead to an underestimate of their occurrence, an issue raised also by German scientists back in September.
Croatian MEP Ivan Sincic and Romanian MEP Cristian Terhes spoke next, and both addressed fears that the digital green certificate (DGC) may soon become mandatory to access the EU parliament itself.
Both men voiced the concerns that were raised anonymously by many parliament staff members.
Sincic said he “support[s] the staff of the European Parliament in their position of non-discrimination and non-segregation.”
He also echoed Donato’s comments about the lack of a scientific basis for the use of the DGC, which he called a “licence to spread and infect.”
“DGC is a licence to spread and infect, gives a false sense of security, is completely illogical, is non-scientific, and it must be abandoned,” he declared.
Sincic concluded his speech with a message of encouragement for the workers and staff of the European parliament.
“My message to the staff is simple: you’re not alone, fight for your rights, and we’re fighting along with you,” he said.
When Terhes spoke, he cited article 46 of the original Digital Green Certificate regulation, which guaranteed the fundamental rights of EU citizens, “including the right of respect of private life and family life, the right to the protection of personal data, the right to equality before the law and non-discrimination, the right to free movement…”
“This is what was stated in this regulation,” Terhes said.
“If we look now, a few months after this Green Certificate was imposed in the European Union, we see exactly the opposite,” he added.
“All these rights that, allegedly, were supposed to be protected by this regulation are violated right now. People cannot work anymore, and they live under the threat of losing their jobs and livelihoods if they don’t have this certificate. Is this the type of European Union that we want to build, that we want to accept?”
Terhes alluded to Romania’s totalitarian past when he noted that this is the first time his country has seen protests for freedom since the fall of communism in 1989.
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The Romanian politician said that the imposition of a green certificate on MEPs would represent an even bigger threat to democracy, for those who oppose it would no longer be able to enter parliament to voice their opposition.
He expressed sympathies to the “many staff members” who contacted him anonymously to express their concerns and their fear of losing their jobs.
“They haven’t done anything wrong,” he said, calling the situation “absurd.”
“Hundreds of people working for the Parliament are faced with the threat that, sooner than later, if they don’t have this Green Certificate, they will be losing their job.”
Terhes later pointed out that many of these workers are essential for the proper functioning of parliament.
“Without them, we would not be able to do our job,” he said.
The fourth MEP to address parliament was Germany’s Christine Anderson, who would deliver a powerful speech at another press conference a week later, saying she would never be “coerced” into taking the COVID vaccine.
Anderson explained how a measure considered anti-democratic and unconstitutional by many was imposed with such ease, blaming the complacency of EU citizens who have become used to the idea that freedom and democracy are indestructible.
“One of the disadvantages of free democratic societies [is that] you always reach a point in which you believe that democracy, the rule of law, and freedom are somehow God-given, that they’ve always been there, and that they will survive, whereas in actual fact these are rights that have to be battled for,” she said.
Anderson argued that fundamental rights should never be seen as “privileges which are given by the government and can then be withdrawn.”
“I’m not fearful of COVID at all,” she said in conclusion.
“What I am worried about are the kinds of governments which exploit this crisis in order to curb civic freedoms.”