Enforced wearing of masks declared unconstitutional

25 January 2021 by

Following my post on the Weimar District Court judgment, here is news from Belgium. This summary of the ruling is from the journal LeVif.

The police tribunal in Brussels issued a judgment on 12 January acquitting a man summoned for non-wearing of a mask, according to his lawyer, Hélène Alexandris. The judge concluded that the enforced wearing of the mask in public space was unconstitutional. Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden said the public prosecutor has appealed against the decision.

The court recalled that the two articles of law relating to public security, the ministerial order of 30 June 2020, on the basis of which the infringement was established, were exceptions to the principle of freedom of movement.

The judge recognised that the current health situation justifies a restriction of freedom of movement and the imposition of certain measures. However, he considered that these measures must have a legal basis – parliament had not legislated to authorise the restrictive measures taken by the various ministers since the beginning of the crisis – and that they must be compatible with the other rights in force.

More specifically as regards the wearing of masks, it is clear that the minister is dealing in the same way with different situations, i.e. cases in which people find themselves alone on the street or, on the contrary, in a shopping street in the company of many fellow citizens. To settle different situations in an identical manner is a violation of the principles of equality and non-discrimination.

On 9 August, the offender had been checked at the Abattoirs d’Anderlecht without wearing a face mask. The offence is based on the ministerial order of 30 June 2020 which imposes on the population numerous measures drastically restricting individual liberties, in an attempt to slow down the coronavirus epidemic.

The Minister of the Interior reacted by stressing that

the ministerial decision, which is the legal basis for the application of the corona measures, remained. The rulings handed down by the Council of State in recent months also confirm the legal bases on which the measures of the ministerial decree are based.

Mrs Verlinden also pointed out that the public prosecutor’s office had appealed against this decision of the Brussels tribunal.

Translated with http://www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)


  1. stpaulchuck says:

    all the data indicate that masks are just as useless now as they were when the CDC tested the idea years ago and found masks useless against ANY virus. I won’t do the litany of the many reasons and modes that they don’t but leave it to say that the masks just are slave masks, nothing more.

  2. friardave says:

    We would like it here in the US also. Alas, we now have anti American leadership.

  3. I wish it was hare in Edmonton Alberta Canada as wall

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