WHO Calls Taiwan to Participate in World Health Assembly

On Tuesday, a group of international parliamentarians launched a global campaign to encourage the World Health Organization (WHO) to invite Taiwan to the upcoming World Health Assembly (WHA), allowing a “dangerous gap in the global network.” Warned.

Inter-Parliamentary Policy on China (IPAC) Announcing a video statement Taiwan will participate in the 74th WHA in Geneva, Switzerland, from May 24th to June 1st, with 15 members from 12 legislatures in Europe, North America and Australia. Requested the UN agency to allow.

Congress is the WHO decision-making body.

IPAC was established last year to coordinate policies between democracies to address the threat of the Chinese administration.

Taiwan is not a member of WHO.But from 2009 to 2016, in Taiwan Health Minister I was allowed to participate in WHA as an observer.

Since 2017, Taiwan has been banned from attending parliament and its conferences by Beijing.

Beijing sees Taiwan as part of its territory, even though the autonomous island has a functional democratic government with its own military power, currency and constitution, so it goes to international conferences and organizations. I am against the participation of.

Video lawmakers said the WHO “endangers the health and well-being of Taiwan’s 23 million citizens” and “a dangerous gap in the global network” by continuing to refuse to attend Taiwanese conferences. Criticized that it is producing.

so statement, Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.) Called on health agencies to “stop acting as a puppet of the Chinese Communist Party” and accept Taiwan as a member.

“We have to hold the Communist Party of China accountable because they continue to threaten our peaceful and democratic ally, Taiwan,” Scott said.

Congressman Greg Stube (Republican) Accused WHO says it was “too long” and “greatly influenced” by the Chinese administration.

“It’s time for us all to stand firmly and demand that WHO allow full participation in Taiwan. Today, I will send a clear message with my colleagues. #LetTaiwanHelp“He said in a Twitter statement.

“As the global community continues to struggle with COVID, the following are important: [Taiwan] You are allowed to share that experience and best practices with the world. Together, we can work to overcome pandemics and future global health problems. ” Added House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Gregory Meeks (DN.Y.).

Other members featured in the video include Senator Marco Rubio (Republican), chair of the Asia-Pacific and non-proliferation subcommittee, and former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith. Sir was included. Australian Senator Kimberley Kitching.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan thanked IPAC for recognizing the need to allow Taiwan to participate in future events.

“Your stubborn support #Taiwan & Activities, mechanisms, right to attend meetings @WHO Like below #WHA I am very grateful to the government and the people. Okay! #TaiwanCanHelp,” It Said On Twitter.

Frank Fang contributed to this report.

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