On Tuesday, the communist dictatorship of North Korea was elected to a position on the executive board of the World Health Organization (WHO).
As Breitbart reports, North Korea is now one of only ten members of the elite board, despite its long history of frequent nuclear threats against its neighbors, suppression of its own people, and occasionally taking foreign hostages, among other crimes against humanity. North Korea is currently run by dictator Kim Jong-Un.
“What this means is that one of the world’s most horrific regimes is now a part of a group that sets and enforces the standards and norms for the global governance of health care,” said Hillel Neuer, the executive director of the watchdog group U.N. Watch. “It is an absurd episode for a key U.N. agency that is in much need of self-reflection and reform.”
“A seat on the executive board provides North Korea with a vote on the appointment of the W.H.O.’s six regional directors, and potentially on an eventual replacement for Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general now serving his second and final term,” Neuer continued.
In the same WHO session that elected North Korea, the nation of Taiwan was forbidden from attending out of fear of angering China, which does not recognize Taiwan as its own country. The WHO’s efforts to placate China are especially ironic, considering that China is the nation of origin for the Chinese Coronavirus pandemic which plagued the world for two years.
Also at the same session, the WHO voted to censure the state of Israel after the measure was loudly supported by representatives of Syria and Palestine, the terrorist regime which claims to occupy territory within Israel’s borders.
“Today’s assault on Israel at the W.H.O by some of the world’s most oppressive regimes promoted the lie that Israel is harming Palestinian health rights. The opposite is true,” said Neuer. “The regimes who attacked the Jewish state were projecting: the more oppressive they are to their own people and to their minorities, the more they resort to trying to demonize the only democracy in the Middle East.”
The WHO, and the United Nations as a whole, has been frequently criticized for its soft approach to China as well as its harsh actions against Israel, leading to numerous calls for the United States to either leave or defund these organizations.