In 2016, Tedros was accused of covering up three cholera outbreaks in his home country of Ethiopia, when he was health minister. United Nations officials said more aid could have been delivered to Ethiopia had the truth been told. This deception led to thousands of deaths and injuries.
During his Ethiopian government service, Tedros was said to have under-reported Ethiopia’s poverty rates by promoting fake statistics. He was one of several Ethiopian ministers who tried to hide the extent of a 2015 famine by warning non-governmental organizations not to use the word “famine” when speaking to the press.
Tedros, a high-level UN employee, unfortunately, will likely enjoy diplomatic immunity from his crimes, including kidnappings of Ethiopian dissents in Yemen, the whitewashing of a 2016 massacre of nonviolent protesters by state security forces. He remained silent while the TPLF regime tortured children and sent them to concentration camps, and put political prisoners in cells with wild animals where they did not stand a chance.
The world cannot manage this current pandemic without full confidence in its WHO Director-General and in the interests of public safety and justice, it is only right that an urgent, credible investigation into Tedros’ character and conduct is carried out fully. The world must know who is leading the WHO.
A complaint has been lodged at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
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