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WHO Removes Zimbabwean Dictator Robert Mugabe as ‘Goodwill Ambassador’

The World Health Organization on Sunday reversed its decision to appoint Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as a “goodwill ambassador,” following an outcry from human rights groups. “Over the last few days, I have reflected on my appointment of H.E. President Robert Mugabe as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for NCDs in Africa. As a result I have decided to rescind the appointment,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement. Two dozen international health organizations had released a joint statement condemning the decision because of Mugabe’s “long track record of human rights violations.”