Taiwan has been excluded from the United Nations and its related organizations since 1971. Since then Taiwan has neither been privy to the health related work of the World Health Organization (WHO) especially regarding the spread of infectious diseases.
“The objective of the World Health Organization shall be the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.”So reads Article 1 of the Constitution of the World Health Organization (WHO). Article 2 stipulates that the function of the WHO, in general, is “to take all necessary action to attain the objective of the Organization.” And Article 3 states, “Membership in the Organization shall be open to all States.”
Taiwan’s participation in the WHO is being blocked by China. China’s political meddling is potentially dangerous to the 23 million people who live on the democratic island of Taiwan. Once again, China has gone too far!
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Boston.com – Taiwan makes plea for WHO membership
Taipei Times – World body denies press accreditation to Taiwan
Reporters Without Borders – The UN and WHO deny accreditation to Taiwan journalists
International Herald Tribune – U.N. health chief faces test over bird flu cooperation, Taiwan membership bid