Human rights activists across the world were shocked, Saturday, when Syria was selected to serve on the board of the World Health Organization despite President Bashar Assad’s record of human rights abuses, including unleashing deadly bombing raids on his own citizens.
The decision sparked protests in Syria’s independent regions, where health care workers are targeted by Assad’s government.
“Dozens of medical workers in rebel-held northwest Syria on Monday protested a decision to grant President Bashar Assad s government a seat on the executive board of the World Health Organization They said Assad is responsible for bombing hospitals and clinics across the war-ravaged country,” reported the Independent.
“The decision to give Syria a seat came a decade into the country’s devastating civil war that has left untold numbers of civilians — including many health care workers — dead and injured,” the outlet added.
The change to the WHO’s executive board came during a “little-noticed session” of the group’s assembly on Saturday. “Syria was among 12 WHO member states that