Hospital-Bombing Regime Slips into WHO Leadership Role

Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets help an injured person after Syria’s Assad regime and allies attacked a hospital in Idlib, killing at least 6. March 21, 2021.  Image: Ministry of National Defence of Turkey/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty
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Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets help an injured person after Syria’s Assad regime and allies attacked a hospital in Idlib, killing at least 6. March 21, 2021. Image: Ministry of National Defence of Turkey/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty

Human rights groups are outraged by Syria’s May 28 appointment to a WHO leadership role, despite the Assad regime’s egregious attacks on health care documented by the WHO itself.
 
Rights groups fear that Syria could use its 3-year appointment to the WHO’s 34-member Executive Board to maintain control over the delivery of aid, and to shield itself from prosecution for war crimes.
 
How did it happen? WHO's Eastern Mediterranean group of 22 countries made the decision—providing no advance notice, according to the US. No country objected at the time, although the US and UK have since released critical statements.
 
Can it be reversed? Physicians for Human Rights and the Syrian American Medical Society appealed to WHO’s Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to overturn the election, but he doesn’t have authority to overturn the region’s decision. 
 
The Quote: "[T]his sends a really bad message to countries and individuals that violating human rights can be a norm,” says Human Rights Watch’s Houssam al Nahhas, who endured torture by the Syrian government for his work providing health care.

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