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    WHO 2001 - House Petition Letter

Dear Representative_______________:

On February 6, Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced H.R. 428 "Concerning the participation of Taiwan in the World Health Organization."  The resolution now has 26 co-sponsors. 

It underscores the fact that while good health care 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, Taiwan's 23 million people have been denied such access.

The bill asks that the Secretary of State initiate a U.S. plan to endorse and obtain observer status for Taiwan at the annual week-long summit of the World Health Assembly in May 2001 and instruct the U.S. delegation to Geneva to implement such a plan. It also mandates a written report to Congress containing this plan.

I believe this mandate for a plan is necessary because the State Department has been unresponsive to Congress on this issue in the past. On June 25, 1999, the House passed HR1794, requiring a report to the Congress from the Secretary of State, regarding "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." The bill was subsequently passed by the Senate.

The State Department's January 2000 report detailed the PRC's objections to Taiwan's participation in the WHO but showed no U.S. leadership on Taiwan's meaningful and appropriate participation in the organization, as called for by HR1794.

The time has come for a supportive U.S. policy on Taiwan's participation in the WHO. Therefore, I hope you will co-sponsor this bipartisan legislation.

Please co-sponsor this important resolution by calling Arlan Fuller at Congressman Brown’s office at 225-3401.

Thank you for your support of Taiwan. We will continue to be in touch with you on Taiwan policy issues.



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