LONDON, October 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
A new report by the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA), The World Health Organization in Intensive Care, reveals that numerous countries have opted not to pay their obligations to the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the UN's tobacco control agency.
As of July 15th, 142 of the 180 FCTC member countries, nearly 80%, had outstanding obligations.
The FCTC has faced criticism for banning journalists at its meetings, malpractice, stifling debate, lacking transparency and being profligate with public money. These criticisms are part of wider fraud allegations against the WHO.
Britain, Germany and France, and even the European Union, have not paid their subscriptions.
Commenting on the report, David Williams, President of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, said:
"It is shocking how many of these countries still refuse to pay their subscriptions. We suspect that this is indicative of wider concern about the way the WHO operates. It is essential that during the election campaign for the next Director-General of WHO (which has just started) that the candidates face up to the very serious questions about transparency, funding, accountability and malpractice, which the WHO must answer. The world's taxpayers deserve clear answers, not obfuscation."
Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to educating the public through the research, analysis and dissemination of information on the government's effects on the economy. Through its network of taxpayers and citizen activists, TPA will hold politicians accountable for the effects of their policies and will offer real solutions to runaway deficits and debt.
SOURCE Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA)