WHO Chief Was Leader of Group Designated 'Terrorists' by U.S. Government
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus led group qualified as 'Tier III terrorist organization'
The leader of the World Health Organization (WHO) once led an Ethiopian political group that was designated "as a Tier III terrorist organization" by the U.S. Government, according to reports.
WHO's Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has faced mounting scrutiny of his organization's handling of the coronavirus pandemic as well as its relationship with China's Communist Party (CPC).
The increased scrutiny has now shone a light on Dr. Tedros's ties to an organization that was designated as a terror group by US officials.
Prior to his current position at the United Nations' health organization WHO, Tedros, was a leader of the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).
EPRDF a group that was designated as a terrorist organization by the United States Department of Homeland Security.
The group overthrew the government of Ethiopia to seize control of the country in the 1990s and was designed a "terrorist organization" by the U.S. "on the basis of its violent activities before it became part of the ruling coalition."
A memo from the Department of Homeland Security in 2014 details the background of the EPRDF.
The TPLF is a political group founded in 1975 in Ethiopia, as an opposition group.
The TPLF engaged in prolonged armed conflict with the government of Ethiopia, which, along with other groups, it succeeded in overthrowing in 1991.
The TPLF then joined the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), a political coalition that became the governing coalition in Ethiopia.
The EPRDF continues to control the government of Ethiopia.
The TPLF qualifies as a Tier III terrorist organization under INA section 212(a)(3)(B)(vi)(III) on the basis of its violent activities before it became part of the ruling coalition and the government of Ethiopia in May 1991.
In 2017, National Review called for the WHO to be defunded, in part, over Dr. Tedros's ties to the terror group.
Dr. Tedros, as he likes to be called (he has a Ph.D. in community health), is a leader of Ethiopia's brutal minority party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front, a wing of the ruling Marxist-rooted Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front.
He served the violently repressive regime as minister of foreign affairs from 2012 to 2016, after a stint as health minister.
Even before he was elected to lead the WHO, Dr. Tedros was hit with accusations that he had helped cover up numerous epidemics in Ethiopia during his time as the health minister of the country, according to The Blaze.
There are also claims that Dr. Tedros was aided by China in his campaign to lead the WHO.
Democrats have been very critical of the move and said it was not the proper time to weaken the global institution.