Beijing Blocks Taiwan from WHO Again
The WHO’s refusal to invite Taiwan based on political considerations makes a mockery of the body’s health for all claim, some members stated.
The U.S. mission in Geneva last week urged WHO chief Mr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to invite democratic Taiwan to the WHO’s decision-making body, the World Health Assembly.
But WHO did not invite Taiwan to a crucial forum's meeting this week which will focus on the battle against the Wuhan virus pandemic due to “obstruction” from China, the Taipei's foreign ministry said, expressing its concern.
On Sunday, Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry said the country had yet to get an invite to the virtual meeting of 194 member states.
Some members unimpressed by Beijing's anger, admitted that Taiwan is right saying,
that the WHO’s refusal to invite its country based on political considerations
makes a mockery of the body’s "health for all" claim.
The Foreign Ministry expresses strong regret and dissatisfaction at China’s obstruction of Taiwan participating in the WHO and the WHO’s continuing to neglect the health and human rights of Taiwan’s 23.5 million people, it added.
Taiwan is blocked from being part of most global organizations such as the WHO due to the hostile policy of Communist China, which falsely claims the country is one of its provinces.
The WHO pretends it is up to member states whether to invite Taiwan, which has been praised internationally for quickly containing the Chinese virus, to observe the WHA meeting.
Mr. Ghebreyesus contradicts the facts. On May 6, the health minister of Belize, a country in Central America with a 408,000 population, requested from WHO to include in the program of this week's session a discussion and vote on the invitation of Taiwan as an observer to the World Health Assembly. Such extension of the schedule of the conference would result in the invitation for Taiwan. At least 13 countries invited Taiwan for the online conference, according to independent watchdog Health Policy Watch.
For eight years, the World Health Organisation under the dictate of Beijing has been excluding Taiwan from being an observer, at the same time claiming that "it is up to members to extend an invitation". It is clearly not the case, and Mr. Ghebreyesus is well aware of that fact, yet he chose to claim the contrary.
Backed by the United States, Taiwan has stepped up lobbying this year to take part, which caused Beijing Communist nearly to explode.
Some members admitted that Taiwan is right saying that the WHO’s refusal to invite its country based on political considerations makes a mockery of the body’s health for all claim.