At the Crossroads: Covid-19 Vaccine nationalism, Emergency laws & Social media law enforcement

Amidst heavy-handed enforcement of Covid-19 safety measures, violations of basic human rights are widespread

If law is truly a social construct, then self responsibility to isolate would be a human right rather than an imposed obligation, that we’re all being asked to protect ourselves against our own free will.

In the wake of recent social media censorship to subvert disinformation. Efforts to roll out Covid-19 vaccinations worldwide has met a potential huge backlash from Covid-19 vaccine nationalists. Though, it is true that we must put human rights at the centre of our battle against Covid-19. Law is not entirely a social construct but a political instrument of control that does not consent to human behaviour and their social relations. Since all rules that relate to curfews, disasters, war, and recession have all been invoked in one instance. The state has become too supreme, and her sovereign might has become infallible and unquestioned. In other words, the state has a right to do whatever is necessary to save lives, but is it not true also that the state has always held the legitimate right given by the ‘electorate’ to protect and defend the ‘people’. We must question, if not seek to better understand the role of the state regarding Covid-19 and human rights.

As humanity, we all have a right to live, but the responsibility to protect life against Covid-19 is not ours to decide nor is it certainly predictable that all of the world solidarity efforts to fight against this runaway virus can suffice. But there’s absolutely no need to change the entire rule book as if this is the only pandemic that we’ll only face in our lifetime.

It is unreasonable to assume that the state was caught unprepared and incapacitated. But it is a mistake to assume that the paramount state is the vicar for the people. In contrast, the state of emergency has plunged the world into legal oblivion, a disorder that will take time to be known except those who saw it cogently positivist that the human does not matter in anything but is simply an object of arbitrary control. Therefore, we cannot appeal to social justice only but it is necessary to understand the science of law and how these laws are made, for what purpose, and to whom do they serve.

Particularly, this brings up the question of Social Media censorship or alternatively ” responsible Social Media law enforcement”. Whereby, private technology or media companies have taken the role to police the social internet. Albeit, states and governments have failed dismally in the past to understand how they can retain their sovereignty and collect civil intelligence information, amidst the virtual boundary-less internet space. Serve to say, this also brings into sharp focus the question of international law enforcement and the global fight against terrorism.

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