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The Hon. <<Full Name>>

Attn: Foreign Affairs Aide

RE:  Taiwan’s participation in the WHO


Dear Senator,

I am writing to you today to urge you to join Senators Murkowski, Lieberman, Lott, and other Senators in signing the letter to support Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Organization (WHO).

Taiwanese Americans in WYOMING highly respect our Senator’s commitment to the promotion of democracy and human rights for all peoples.  We especially appreciate the bipartisan Congressional support to the health right for 23 million Taiwanese to participate in the WHO.  Unfortunately, up to date, the Taiwanese are still excluded by the WHO and not able to participate any international conferences sponsored by the WHO due to the objection from China.

As you know, during the first session of the 106th Congress, the Senate unanimously passed H.R. 1794 and S. Res. 26, supporting Taiwan’s participation in the WHO and other international organizations that accept non-UN state-members as members.  H. R. 1794 called for a report to the Congress “on the efforts of the Secretary [of State] 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.”

We were disappointed at the report, which came out on January 4, 2000.  Instead of the U.S. taking leadership on Taiwan’s meaningful and appropriate participation in the WHO, as called for in HR 1794, the report details the People’s Republic of China’s objections to such participation and the seeming paralysis this brings to any United States efforts.

It is our belief and shared by many Members of Congress that the people of Taiwan should have access to the highest possible international health standards and practices made available through the WHO.  For the WHO to achieve its goal for “the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health,” the United States should take the lead on Taiwan’s participation and offer her support more pro-actively.  We should not let “all peoples,” as defined by the WHO, continue to exclude the people of Taiwan.

As your constituent and FAPA member as well, I thank you for your attention on this matter strongly urge you to cosign the letter.  If you need more information, your office could contact either Charles Freeman (4-9320) or Isaac Edwards (4-5127) with Sen. Murkowski.  As usual we would like to hear from you regarding your decision on this matter soon.



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