NCDC Bill Violates UNESCO Declaration
NCDC Bill Violates UNESCO Declaration

The proposed Control of Infectious Diseases Bill 2020 is a violation of Article 6 of the 2005 UNESCO Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights.

At its 32nd session in October 2003, the General Conference considered that it was “opportune and desirable to set universal standards in the field of bioethics with due regard for human dignity and human rights and freedoms, in the spirit of cultural pluralism inherent in bioethics.

Subsequently, the Declaration was adopted by UNESCO’s General Conference on October 19th, 2005, and it supports the doctrine of informed consent, being an element of global medical ethics and bioethics.

It stipulates that any preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic medical intervention is only to be conducted with free and informed consent of the person concerned, based on adequate information.

On the contrary, Article 6 of the UNESCO Declaration stresses the importance of consent on the issue of vaccination and other activities that relate to human rights.