World Health Organization (W.H.O.) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus served as a torchbearer in the last leg of the Olympic relay in Beijing on Friday, lending his support to an event the victims of communism assert is a celebration of genocide and other human rights atrocities.
The Chinese state-run Global Times reported that Tedros arrived in Beijing on Thursday to attend what detractors have called the “Genocide Games,” which many governments have announced they would not send diplomats to in solidarity with the victims of communism.
Tedros’ presence there follows years of accusations that his relationship with the Chinese Communist Party is too cozy, resulting in catastrophic failures on the part of the W.H.O. to contain the Chinese-instigated coronavirus pandemic and to investigate its origins.
Tedros, the only W.H.O. director ever to have no medical degree, reportedly benefited from Beijing’s support for that top job when he assumed it in 2017.
The World Health Organization has faced strong criticism for defending multiple debunked claims out of Beijing about the coronavirus. The government of Taiwan – which the W.H.O. has banned from the World Health Assembly to placate China – revealed that it had attempted to contact W.H.O. officials in late December 2019 with intelligence it had gathered that a contagious disease was spreading in Wuhan, China, but that the organization “mostly ignored” that message and chose to share false information from Beijing instead.
In May of that year, Der Spiegel published a report accusing Tedros of agreeing to help China cover up the burgeoning pandemic. Tedros reportedly spoke directly to Xi, who urged him not to declare the disease a pandemic. Tedros visited Beijing a week later to praise the Communist Party for its handling of the situation.