Taiwan on Thursday angrily condemned accusations from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) boss that racist slurs against him had come from the island, saying racism did not exist in Taiwan in an escalation of its bitter quarrel with the body.
Taiwan’s exclusion from the WHO, due to objections from China which claims the island as its own, has infuriated the Taipei government during the coronavirus outbreak.
Tedros said he has been receiving personal attacks in the last three months and he couldn’t take it anymore and that is why he shared this with the world. Abuses and racist comments have been coming his way, giving him names like “black” or “Negro,” he said he is proud of being back or the latter. He also said he doesn’t care even the death threats he has also received. He pointed out that these threats came from Taiwan.
In a statement on Thursday, the territory’s Foreign Ministry expressed “strong dissatisfaction and a high degree of regret, and raised the most solemn protest”. Taiwan is a “mature, highly sophisticated nation and could never instigate personal attacks on the director-general of the WHO, much less express racist sentiments,” it added.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is an Ethiopian microbiologist and internationally recognized malaria researcher who currently serves as Director-General of the World Health Organization, a position he has held since 2017. Tedros is the first non-physician and first African in the role.
He was born on 3rd March 1965 in Asmara, Eritrea.