The so-called “polio eradication” program run by the World Health Organization (WHO) has not only caused great public health threats in the third world but it also leads to gross human rights violations. Currently, Pakistan is the target of such generally approved violations.
Pakistan’s leading English-language daily Express Tribune reported yesterday that the district administration in Multan, Punjab province, has started threatening parents who refuse polio vaccination with a last chance to yield or else face arrest by the police.
This intimidation by the local administration is a shocking violation of basic human rights and is an example of the Stalinist style dictatorship for which communism became notorious. The orders are a glimpse of the kind of oppression local officials impose on helpless civilians while the officials are as uneducated about the science of vaccination as the civilians.
Earlier this year, the WHO suggested restriction on international travel of Pakistanis unless they get vaccinated for polio regardless of their age or health status. This recommendation was quickly made a rule by the country’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who seems completely ignorant about health science and more than ready to please the rich, developed west where the same polio vaccine was stopped giving to children about 15 years ago due to its health risks.