Critics urge WHO to reverse choice of Mugabe as goodwill envoy

Critics urge WHO to reverse choice of Mugabe as goodwill envoyBy Stephanie Nebehay and Kate Kelland GENEVA/LONDON (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) should overturn its decision to appoint Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador, global health leaders said on Saturday, describing the move as unjustifiable and wrong. Britain said Mugabe’s appointment was “surprising and disappointing” and added that it risked overshadowing the WHO’s global work. The United States, which has imposed sanctions on Mugabe for alleged human rights violations, said it was “disappointed.” “This appointment clearly contradicts the United Nations’ ideals of respect for human rights and human dignity,” a U.S. State Department spokesperson said.



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