“I have listened carefully to all who have expressed their concerns,” WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement.
The WHO has reversed a decision to allow former Zimbabwe tyrant, Robert Mugabe, to serve as a “goodwill ambassador. In an original announcement which sounded more like that of an Onion article, WHO sent waves of dismay and anger throughout social media chains by announcing Mugabe’s new role. While the WHO doesn’t have the highest of bars, the lowest of bars may well have been reached when they aligned with a former human right’s violater.
The Canadian prime minister, the United Kingdom’s government, UN Watch, the World Heart Federation, and thousands of Facebook and Twitter posts absolutely condemned the WHO in the move that, although they’ve officially reversed, is still raising a vast amount of ethical questions. The WHO seemingly only reversed their decision due to extreme pressure. And one has to assume that the WHO realized who and what they were aligning with when they originally took on Mugabe.
Believe it or not, the WHO seems to base this on Zimbabwe’s health coverage reputation. Which, oddly, their entire system has crashed. There are Mugabe supporters out there who consider this Western manipulation via global powers, but his record for human rights violations are unlikely fabricated.