On 12 April 2021, a group of Slovak attorneys, scientists, doctors, representatives of other professions and civil activists filed a petition with the International Criminal Court in The Hague in connection with the experimental full-scale testing in Slovakia and the resulting serious violations of human rights and international obligations of Slovakia by some government officials. The Hague tribunal has already begun to look into the matter and will decide whether to open a hearing on the matter.
Slovakia's submission to the International Criminal Court in The Hague
A group of Slovak attorneys, scientists, doctors and other personalities see the introduction of forced universal testing (and consequently the restriction of human rights in connection with the pressure to vaccinate the population) as a serious violation of the Slovak Republic's international obligations under the provisions of the Rome Statute and other international obligations (e.g. the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine).
Submission to The Hague
These facts may give rise to criminal liability of certain members of the Government of the Slovak Republic and other persons actively involved in the nationwide testing of the Slovak population, not excluding the complicity of entities based outside the territory of the Slovak Republic.
Their deliberate and organised actions may have led to violations which most likely constitute a sufficient basis for the prosecution of acts with possible legal qualification: crimes against humanity and war crimes against their own population.
The Hague on Slovakia
The International Criminal Court is the first permanent criminal tribunal with jurisdiction to prosecute genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and crimes of aggression. It was created in 1998 by the so-called Rome Statute. It is based in The Hague, the Netherlands.
The Court consists of a Presidency, an Appeals Division, a Trial Division, a Pre-Trial Division, a Prosecutor's Office and a Registry. It is composed of 18 judges who, like the Prosecutor and his deputies, are elected by the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute for a term of nine years.
The first part of the submission from Slovakia concerned the full-scale testing, which, according to the signatories, violated both the Nuremberg Code of Ethics and the Oviedo Convention, to which the Slovak Republic is bound.
According to the signatories, this provides a legal basis for the prosecution of crimes against humanity and war crimes committed by certain representatives of the executive branch of the Slovak Republic and others against its own population. There is a high probability that the organisation of imaginary illegal activities extends beyond the borders of the Slovak Republic.
JUDr. Marica Pirošíková, attorney at law and former representative of Slovakia at the European Court of Human Rights, commenting on the complaint to The Hague, said:
"Thank you for your cooperation to the lawyers who are not indifferent to what is happening in Slovakia in the field of human rights and are trying to bring about change. This is not the first or the last submission that has been sent to international judicial bodies. We know that even international institutions do not exist in isolation and can be subject to political influences. In our efforts, despite our absolute disappointment with the decision-making of the Constitutional Court, we are not relenting and we are guided these days by the idea that the only loser is the one who surrenders. Everyone else is a winner. The deliberate and organised conduct of unauthorised medical experiments in Slovakia may have led to violations which most likely form a sufficient basis for the prosecution of acts with the possible legal qualification of crimes against humanity and war crimes directed against one's own population."
According to attorney Petr Weis, the submission to The Hague was an extreme legal solution and could have been avoided in principle if the Slovak law enforcement authorities had properly fulfilled their legal obligations and had intervened against the organisers of the Common Responsibility event in a proper and timely manner.
It is precisely the failure to intervene that has only widened the range of suspects and acts, which has led to the need to address the problem at international level. The national level failed, and there are indications that the failure was organised and had particularly reprehensible aims.
"Compulsory nationwide testing and subsequent bans have caused repeated physical, psychological and social trauma for many people in Slovakia. I see how, in a miscommunicated crisis situation, a method of fear is being imposed on them in exchange for their fundamental rights and freedoms in exchange for a false sense of security. False security is not and never will be capable of limiting freedom in any way,"
In Slovakia, someone is trying to create two groups of people. One with more rights than the other. On the prospects of a successful submission to The Hague, Peter Weis said:
"If we didn't think it had a chance of success, we wouldn't have filed. And we are currently finalising the next part of the submission. Along with it, we will send to the criminal court a number of specific pending negative cases that have been reported to us by the people of Slovakia. There are already more than a hundred of them, and they are continuously increasing. The cases concern apartheid on the basis of health and discrimination against a group of citizens in various situations (e.g. preventing entry to shops without a test, crossing state borders, not providing basic healthcare without a test, terminating the employment of the untested, etc.). All this despite the fact that the testing was declared voluntary, but in fact (in case of non-participation) was undeniably sanctioned."
In The Hague, this is a legally demanding process where the tribunal considers and weighs all the arguments for and against, with implications for the human rights of the people of the country concerned, which may have been violated by the actions of government officials. We will be waiting to follow the progress of the International Criminal Court in The Hague and will keep you updated.