By: Sophia Yeh, Y.F. Low and Lee Hsin-Yin
Taipei, May 17 (CNA) The World Health Organization (WHO) has violated its own principles by excluding Taiwan from the upcoming meeting of its decision-making body, Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) said Wednesday.
That decision is contrary to the WHO Constitution, which states that “the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition,” Chen said during an interview with a news site.
The WHO’s decision not to invite Taiwan to the World Health Assembly (WHA) meeting this year was made because of Beijing’s intervention and contravened the Taiwanese people’s right to health, he said. [FULL STORY]