By: Chang Ming-hsuan and Emerson Lim
Taipei, April 21 (CNA) A group in Taiwan has launched a campaign to call for Taiwan’s participation in the upcoming World Health Assembly (WHA) conference despite the likelihood that it will be shut out from the meeting under China’s pressure.
The WHA, the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO), will hold its 72nd session May 20-28 in Geneva, Switzerland, and Taiwan wants to attend the meeting as an observer but has yet to receive an invitation to attend.
To support Taiwan’s bid to participate, private group LaiPhauTe (狸長辦公室) launched the “one person, one letter” campaign on April 18 to get Taiwanese to bombard WHO headquarters with paper or electronic letters to push for Taiwan’s inclusion in the WHA.
The group, which provided the WHO’s physical and email addresses with sample letters written both in English and Chinese, urged Taiwanese to let the world know their health care needs and show the world their resolve to defend their basic health care rights.