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- There’s no evidence that a “crimes against humanity” trial is starting in January 2023.
- The Nuremberg Code includes the principle that humans should not be involuntarily subjected to medical experiments. COVID-19 vaccinations are not a violation of the code.
A video clip of Malcolm Roberts, a senator from Australia, talking about the COVID-19 pandemic is circulating on social media with text that appears to announce a big legal move.
"Nuremberg 2.0 crimes against humanity trial starts Jan 2023," the Oct. 23 Instagram post says.
"It’s become clear that people in this country and globally have been steamrolled," Roberts says in the clip. "It is also clear that it has been coordinated globally. It is also clear that it has been integrated not just over six months, not just over 2.5 years, but it has been planned over decades. The changes to legislation in this country were done so that they could control doctors and people." Roberts also says "the people that are guilty" will be held accountable.
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Nuremberg 2.0 is shorthand among conspiracy theorists for the criminal prosecution of world leaders for "supposedly engineering a false pandemic," Vice has reported. It’s also a reference to the Nuremberg trials of Nazi leaders after World War II.
As we’ve previously reported, the Nuremberg Code is a set of ethical rules for conducting human experiments created after World War II that includes the principle that humans should not be involuntarily subjected to medical experiments. It has been regularly cited in pandemic misinformation, including in debunked claims that COVID-19 vaccinations are a violation of the code.
What’s more, contrary to Roberts’ claims in the video, the COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t fabricated. In 2020, efforts to downplay and deny its existence earned PolitiFact’s "Lie of the Year."
The video in the Instagram post shows an August event involving Roberts that was called "The COVID Inquiry 2.0." Some speakers at the event were critical of the government’s pandemic restrictions and COVID-19 vaccine mandates. But it isn’t a sign that a crimes against humanity trial starts in January.
We found no news reports, press releases or other sources to suggest a "crimes against humanity trial" is looming. The International Criminal Court investigates and tries individuals charged with crimes against humanity, among other offenses, and its prosecutor relies on the cooperation of countries around the world for support in making arrests and enforcing sentences.
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Instagram post, Oct. 23, 2022
Vice, "‘Nuremberg 2.0’: Why COVID Conspiracy Theorists See This Lawyer As Their Saviour," Oct. 19, 2021
PolitiFact, "COVID-19 vaccination does not violate the Nuremberg Code," Aug. 20, 2021
PolitiFact, Viral video is a simulation, does not depict a real grand jury proceeding, Feb. 10, 2022
THE COVID INQUIRY 2.0, Aug. 17, 2022
International Criminal Court, How the court works, visited Oct. 25, 2022
JAMA, Ethical Principles for Medical Research and Practice, visited Oct. 25, 2022
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