BY HAFIDZ BAHAROM
There is plenty done by organisations affiliated to the United Nations that raise so many questions.
From the recent “Leading by Example” snafu with Permata, to perhaps the appointment of Saudi Arabia to the Human Rights Council Panel, these international bodies have seen themselves in an ironic situation of having to stomach the very people they are supposed to be standing against.
But on top of these examples, it should be highlighted that only one of its multitude of agencies has barred the public from speaking, the media from observing, and even banned the authorities involved in their cause from participating in their talks.
That particular, dictatorial crown goes to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and how they have handled their Conference of Parties (COP) on tobacco control.
During the last COP held in 2014 in Moscow, the public was banned on the first day, and the media was ejected on the second day. This isn’t the first time the WHO and nations taking part in the conference have banned the freedom of expression. Read more