COVID-19 inoculations and culpability for human rights violations, crimes against humanity, and/or war crimes

ASE made this Official Information request to Chris Hipkins

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To Chris Hipkins,

To the extent that it is practicable, this request extends to all persons, boards, councils, committees, subcommittees, organisations, bodies, or individuals advising on such matters, or otherwise exerting influence in any capacity. If this request relates to information that you have reason to believe may be held by any other persons or bodies, I trust that you will forward this request to them and advise accordingly.

Is Chris Hipkins aware of any long-term safety data for any COVID-19 inoculations? If so, what is that data?

Is Chris Hipkins aware of any long-term efficacy data for any COVID-19 inoculations? If so, what is that data?

Considering what is and what is not known of long-term safety and efficacy of COVID-19 inoculations, what consideration has Chris Hipkins given to the status of COVID-19 inoculations as “experimental” medical treatments? What scientific and medical basis does Chris Hipkins have for asserting that COVID-19 inoculations are not “experimental” medical treatments? If this has not been considered by Chris Hipkins, then why has this not been considered?

What contingency plans have been considered by Chris Hipkins, if COVID-19 inoculations may prove to be unsafe, ineffective, unnecessary, and/or otherwise harmful to personal health and/or public health (as “public health” is generally understood)? If this has not been considered by Chris Hipkins, then why has this not been considered?

In consideration of positions, polices, and/or legislation (including, but not limited to messaging and medical advice, collective punishments, and segregation) which may appear as intent to use force, fraud, deceit, duress, over-reaching, or other ulterior forms of constraint or coercion to encourage, incentivize, or otherwise promote COVID-19 inoculations, what consideration has Chris Hipkins given to the effects of such positions, polices, and/or legislation respecting healthcare providers' legal and ethical obligations to empower their patients to exercise their rights of informed consent (including rights of informed refusal)? How do such positions, polices, and/or legislation respect patients' rights regarding informed consent (including rights of informed refusal)? If this has not been considered by Chris Hipkins, then why has this not been considered?

In consideration of positions, polices, and/or legislation (including, but not limited to messaging and medical advice, collective punishments, and segregation) which may appear as intent to use force, fraud, deceit, duress, over-reaching, or other ulterior forms of constraint or coercion to encourage, incentivize, or otherwise promote COVID-19 inoculations, what consideration has Chris Hipkins given to the effects of such positions, polices, and/or legislation respecting individual human rights (including human rights as recognised under national and international frameworks), such as individual human rights to privacy and confidentiality of medical information; and individual human rights to refuse medical treatment, with or without reason? If this has not been considered by Chris Hipkins, then why has this not been considered?

In consideration of the questions raised above, and related matters, what consideration has Chris Hipkins given to the possibility that positions, polices, and/or legislation (including, but not limited to messaging and medical advice, collective punishments, and segregation) which may appear as intent to use force, fraud, deceit, duress, over-reaching, or other ulterior forms of constraint or coercion to encourage, incentivize, or otherwise promote COVID-19 inoculations, may expose proponents, advocates, and/or actors on behalf of such positions, polices, and/or legislation to culpability for human rights violations, crimes against humanity, and/or war crimes? If this has not been considered by Chris Hipkins, then why has this not been considered?

Thank you,
ASE 2021120302

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From: C Hipkins (MIN)
Chris Hipkins

Kia ora

 

Thank you for taking the time to write to Hon Chris Hipkins, Minister for
COVID-19 Response, Minister of Education, Minister for the Public Sector
and Leader of the House.

We are receiving a significant amount of correspondence at the moment and,
although your email will be carefully considered and noted, it is not
possible to respond to each individual email. However, please note that
this is an automatic response and we will endeavour to respond to your
individual queries as soon as we can.

You can find the latest information and guidance about Alert Levels at
[1]https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-levels-and...
The locations of interest are set out
at [2]https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/dise...
encourage anyone who has been at one of the locations of interest at the
time specified to self-isolate and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453. You
can find the nearest testing centre to you
at [3]https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/covid-19/.

We appreciate that this is a challenging time. If you need to talk, you
can call or text 1737 at any time. Mental health and wellbeing resources
are also available
at [4]https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/dise...
about the financial support available to individuals and businesses can be
found at [5]https://covid19.govt.nz/business-and-mon....

We also understand that there are several other aspects to the response
that are very important to people. You can find more information about:

o Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ)
at [6]https://www.miq.govt.nz/, including how to request an emergency
allocation
at [7]https://www.miq.govt.nz/travel-to-new-ze...
make a complaint or request a review of your application by
emailing [8]https://www.miq.govt.nz/about/contact-us....
o Travel with Australia
at [9]https://covid19.govt.nz/travel/quarantin...
you are in Australia, please register
at [10]https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/ and if it is an emergency,
contact the Consulate on +64 99 20 20 20.
o Vaccines at [11]https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19-vaccines/, including
how to book your vaccine
at [12]https://bookmyvaccine.covid19.health.nz/... by calling 0800 28
29 26.
o Vaccine data and statistics
at [13]https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/dise...
Medsafe’s vaccine safety monitoring reports
at [14]https://www.medsafe.govt.nz/COVID-19/vac...
o The Government’s plan to reconnect New Zealand with the rest of the
world
at [16]https://covid19.govt.nz/reconnecting-new....

Please remember to take care, and be kind. We have beaten COVID-19 before,
and we can do it again.

Ngā mihi,

Office of Hon Chris Hipkins

Minister for COVID-19 Response | Minister of Education | Minister for the
Public Sector | Leader of the House | MP for Remutaka

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Copies to:

Jacinda Ardern - https://fyi.org.nz/request/17824-covid-1...

Chris Hipkins - https://fyi.org.nz/request/17825-covid-1...

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet - https://fyi.org.nz/request/17826-covid-1...

Parliamentary Counsel Office - https://fyi.org.nz/request/17827-covid-1...

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From: Lydia Verschaffelt

Kia ora

On behalf of Hon Chris Hipkins, Minister for COVID-19 Response, thank you for your email.

The Minister has noted your comments and has asked his officials for advice on the matters you have raised. Please note that while the Official Information Act 1982 (the Act) allows New Zealanders to ask for information from Ministers and government agencies, there is no requirement for agencies to create new information, compile information they do not hold or provide or prove an opinion. It has been decided that your queries about what the Minister has considered regarding certain aspects of the COVID-19 vaccination programme are best answered as correspondence rather than an official request under the Act. You can expect a response from the Minister in due course.

Ngā mihi,
Lydia

Lydia Verschaffelt | Health Private Secretary
Office of Hon Chris Hipkins
Minister for COVID-19 Response | Minister of Education | Minister for the Public Service | Leader of the House
Parliament Buildings, Private Bag 18041, Wellington 6160, New Zealand

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In response to a different OIA Request <https://fyi.org.nz/request/17133-oversea...>, Chris Hipkins stated:

* "The government is satisfied that it is acting in accordance with the Medicines Act 1981. In addition, where requirements are imposed under the COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020, all Orders are assessed for compliance with the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 (NZBORA) and an Order will only be made by myself as the Minister for COVID-19 Response if compliant with the NZBORA."

* "There has been no cost/benefit analysis conducted. However, the original benefit/risk assessment for the Comirnaty vaccine has been released in a previous OIA response from the Ministry: http://www.health.govt.nz/system/files/d.... Please refer to Document 10 on page 94."

The document cited notes "Uncertainties", and provides an incomplete list of uncertainties. Not included in that list is information about preventing disease transmission; this is critical, since it's now the cornerstone of justifying the "mandated" use of these inoculations in NZ. Other concerns not mentioned there include risks of ADE/VAED, OAS, and other long-term risks that can not be assessed at this time. More to the point, that document further states: "Summary - The benefit risk balance of Comirnaty (COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine) for active immunisation to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by SARS-CoV-2, in individuals 16 years of age and older, is not clear. At this stage, there is evidence only for short-term protection, and longer-term safety data are lacking. However, experience with the vaccine is accumulating rapidly." That document further states "Safety and efficacy have not been established in children under 16 years of age."

So it seems that Chris Hipkins personally signed off on infringements of NZBORA, based on *NOT* having any risk/benefit analysis just justifies *any* use of these inoculations.

Regarding this OIA Request, it seems like he just made himself personally liable and culpable for human rights violations and war crimes.

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From: ASE

Attn Lydia Verschaffelt & Chris Hipkins

I appreciate your response, and invitation to deal with this request as a "correspondence", rather than an Official Information Act Request, which would leave Chris Hipkins with no legal obligation to provide accurate information.

I would expect that the information being requested has been very seriously considered formally (eg in writing) by Chris Hipkins, and that such information is held by your office; lack of serious and formal consideration of these topics would seem to be a gross dereliction of duty, or worse. As such, I expect that the information requested under The Official Information Act will be provided in accordance with the requirements of The Official Information Act.

In addition to the requested information being provided in accordance with the requirements of The Official Information Act, I would be happy for you to provide any additional information in the form of "correspondence". Please make it clear which parts of your response are "correspondence" that supplement your obligations under The Official Information Act.

Thank you,
ASE

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From: Lydia Verschaffelt

Kia ora

 

I am on leave for Friday 11 June but will be checking my emails
intermittently.

 

If there is anything urgent the office should be aware of please email
[Chris Hipkins request email].

 

Kind regards,

Lydia

 

Lydia Verschaffelt | Health Private Secretary

Office of Hon Chris Hipkins   

Minister for COVID-19 Response | Minister of Education | Minister for the
Public Service | Leader of the House

Parliament Buildings, Private Bag 18041, Wellington 6160, New Zealand

 

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From: ASE

Attn Chris Hipkins,

Please be advised that a substantive response to this official request for information is now past due.

A complaint has been filed with the Office of The Ombudsman.

I hope that you can provide a substantive response to this official request for information before the Ombudsman has a chance to look into this.

Thank you,
ASE

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From: C Hipkins (MIN)
Chris Hipkins

Thank you for your email.

 

Please accept this as acknowledgement that your email has been received by
my office.

 

My office is closed from Thursday 23 December 2021, reopening Monday 10
January 2022, so there may be a delay in responding to your query.

 

In the meantime, you can find more information below:

 

General COVID-19 information and testing

 

All the latest COVID-19 information can be found at [1]covid19.govt.nz

 

Locations of interest [2]can be found here. You can also call Healthline
free on 0800 611 116 for health advice and information, including where to
get tested.

 

Vaccination

 

To get your COVID-19 vaccination head to
[3]bookmyvaccine.covid19.health.nz or to the [4]Healthpoint website to
find a vaccination site near you.

 

For help with My Vaccine Pass you can call 0800 222 478 or head to
[5]mycovidrecord.health.nz to get it online.

Managed Isolation

Anyone with queries regarding MIQ should contact +64 4 931 5720 if you’re
overseas (rates will apply) or 0800 476 647 if you’re in New Zealand.

You can also submit an enquiry via the [6]MIQ website.

 

Anyone with queries about changes to flights should
email [7][email address] with a copy of their original flight
ticket and their voucher, and details of the new flight number. This email
is monitored 24/7.

MIQ will continue to process [8]Emergency Allocation and [9]Exemption
requests throughout the holiday period. If you require an update on an
existing application then you can view the live status of your application
via the MIQ customer portal at any time.

There are still rooms to be released for January, February and March 2022.
Future room releases will be announced on the MIQ website and social media
platforms.

COVID-19 Protection Framework

 

If you have questions about the traffic light system, you can [10]make an
enquiry here.    

We appreciate your patience. 

Thanks again.
Authorised by Chris Hipkins MP, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

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