mandag 19. juni 2017

Taiwan slams UN after students barred from Geneva visit

Taiwan fiercely criticised the United Nations on Friday after its students were barred from visiting a public hearing in Geneva as Beijing seeks to further isolate the island internationally. It comes after Taiwan was excluded from a major World Health Organisation meeting last month under pressure from China, which still sees the island as part of its territory.Cross-strait relations have worsened drastically since Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen took power last year, with Beijing cutting off all official communication with Taipei.

Taiwan’s foreign ministry said Friday that it had protested to the UN over the latest incident. “The UN claims to respect freedom for all, regardless of race, nationality, political or other identities… to serve the political purpose of a particular member nation goes against its mission,” it said in a statement. The foreign ministry confirmed that a Taiwanese professor and three students had not been allowed to listen in on a UN Human Rights Council session at the UN’s headquarters in Geneva.