World Health Organization reverses decision to name anti-LGBT+ Robert Mugabe a Goodwill Ambassador

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. Photo provided.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reversed a decision to name Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe a ‘Goodwill Ambassador’.

Mugabe has been the President of Zimbabwe since 1987 and has presided over a regime that has been accused of corruption and human rights abuse.

He is also an adamantly anti-LGBT+ and defends Zimbabwe's anti-LGBT+ laws.

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The leader has previously expressed support for gay people being put to death. His homophobic actions have been blamed for a worsening HIV crisis in the country.

The WHO earlier this weekend named Mugabe as a Goodwill Ambassador following a proposal from director general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Dr Ghebreyesus praised Zimbabwe for its commitments to public health. 

But after saying it was “rethinking” the decision, today the WHO reversed the decision. 

The director general said the WHO had “concluded that this decision is in the best interests of the World Health Organization”.

Information was gathered from this article. 

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