release. November 19, 1999. 1:35 p.m.
Hails Passage of 1794:
Taiwan’s Participation in WHO
Senate today passed HR 1794, a bill calling for Taiwan’s
“appropriate and meaningful participation in the World Health
Organization” and requiring a report to the Congress from
the Secretary of State not later than January 1, 2000 regarding
“efforts of the Secretary to fulfill the commitment made
in the 1994 Taiwan Policy Review to move actively support
Taiwan’s participation in international organizations.”
action sends a clear message from the American people –
let Taiwan be Taiwan and drop the phony One-China policy,”
said the bill’s author Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-OH).
“Good health is a basic right for every citizen of the world.
Passage of this bill shows Congress’ full support for the
people of Taiwan’s right to participate in the WHO and also
their right to determine their own future, as laid down
in article 1 of the UN charter. This is not only a major
step toward Taiwan’s membership in the WHO, but also a step
toward Taiwan’s membership in international organizations
of this bill puts Taiwan where it belongs, front and center
in the community of nations,” said Chen Wen-yen, FAPA’s
President. “The bill unmasks the absurdity of a “One China”
policy whereby the UN had to get China’s permission to provide
humanitarian relief to Taiwan after the devastating September
earthquake. For the first time ever, Congress is requiring
the State Department to find a role for Taiwan in the most
beneficial of all international institutions – the WHO.
This is an important first step toward full recognition
of Taiwan as a state among equals.”
legislation echoes Senate Resolution 26, authored by Senator
Frank Murkowski (R-AK), and passed unanimously by the Senate
on April 12. The State Department ignored SR 26’s
non-binding request for a report by April 20, 1999 by the
Secretary of State on efforts to implement the 1994 Review.
HR 1794 puts binding legislative muscle behind the call
for active efforts on Taiwan’s behalf by State.
Clinton Administration, as part of the Taiwan Policy Review
in 1994, pledged to actively support Taiwan’s membership
in international organizations that accept non-states as
members and to look for ways to have Taiwan’s voice heard
in international organizations where membership is not possible.
The Administration has let six years go by without taking
concrete steps to advance this policy,” said Senator Murkowski
when the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the legislation
on November 3, 1999.
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H. R. 1794
Concerning the participation of Taiwan in the World
Health Organization (WHO)
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
May 13, 1999
Mr. BROWN of Ohio (for himself and Mr. CHABOT) introduced
the following bill; which was referred to the Committee
on International Relations
Concerning the participation of Taiwan in the World Health
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. CONCERNING THE PARTICIPATION OF TAIWAN IN THE
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO).
(a) FINDINGS- The Congress makes the following findings:
(1) Good health is a basic right for every citizen of the
world and access to the highest standards of health information
and services is necessary to help guarantee this right.
(2) Direct and unobstructed participation in international
health cooperation forums and programs is therefore crucial,
especially with today's greater potential for the cross-border
spread of various infectious diseases such as AIDS.
(3) The World Health Organization (WHO) set forth in the
first chapter of its charter the objective of attaining
the highest possible level of health for all people.
(4) In 1977, the World Health Organization established `Health
For All By The Year 2000' as its overriding priority and
reaffirmed that central vision with the initiation of its
`Health For All' renewal process in 1995.
(5) Taiwan's population of 21,000,000 people is larger than
that of 3/4 of the member states already in the World Health
(6) Taiwan's achievements in the field of health are substantial,
including one of the highest life expectancy levels in Asia,
maternal and infant mortality rates comparable to those
of western countries, the eradication of such infectious
diseases as cholera, smallpox, and the plague, and the first
to be rid of polio and provide children with free hepatitis
(7) The World Health Organization was unable to assist Taiwan
with an outbreak of enterovirus 71 which killed 70 Taiwanese
children and infected more than 1,100 Taiwanese children
(8) In recent years Taiwan has expressed a willingness to
assist financially or technically in WHO-supported international
aid and health activities, but has ultimately been unable
to render such assistance.
(9) The World Health Organization allows observers to participate
in the activities of the organization.
(10) The United States, in the 1994 Taiwan Policy Review,
declared its intention to support Taiwan's participation
in appropriate international organizations.
(11) In light of all of the benefits that Taiwan's participation
in the World Health Organization could bring to the state
of health not only in Taiwan, but also regionally and globally,
Taiwan and its 21,000,000 people should have appropriate
and meaningful participation in the World Health Organization.
(b) REPORT- Not later than January 1, 2000 the Secretary
of State shall submit a report to the Congress on the efforts
of the Secretary to fulfill the commitment made in the 1994
Taiwan Policy Review to more actively support Taiwan's participation
in international organizations, in particular the World
Health Organization (WHO).