Syrian regime’s election to WHO Executive Board condemned by human rights activists
A leading human rights NGO that monitors the United Nations expressed disgust at Syria’s election to the World Health Organization (WHO) board of directors last Friday.
“The election in Syria is a travesty,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of Geneva-based UN Watch. “It’s like appointing an arsonist as the town’s fire chief.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, nearly 600,000 people, including 21,900 children, have been killed in the decade-long civil war in Syria, which began with the bloody crushing of protests in favor of of democracy by Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad in 2011.
Almost 7 million people – about half of the country’s population – have been forcibly displaced by the fighting. About 5.6 million refugees remain stranded across the borders of Syria’s neighbors in the region.
“The Syrian Assad regime, with the help of its allies Russia and Iran, is systematically bombing hospitals and clinics, killing doctors, nurses and others as they treat the sick and ill. injured, ”Neuer said in a statement. “Health professionals have also been arrested, missing, imprisoned, tortured and executed. To elect this murderous regime to rule the world’s leading health care organization is an insult to the millions of Assad victims and sends a terrible message.
Neuer called on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to denounce the election in Syria.