Trump would be ‘dan­ger­ous’ if elected

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

A boat trav­els down flood­wa­ters from Hur­ri­cane Matthew in Lum­ber­ton, NC, yes­ter­day. Peo­ple were or­dered to evac­u­ate, and of­fi­cials warned that some com­mu­ni­ties could be cut off by washed-out roads or bridge clo­sures. GENEVA (AP): UNITED STATES Re­pub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump would be “dan­ger­ous from an in­ter­na­tional point of view” if elected, the United Na­tions hu­man rights chief said yes­ter­day, de­fi­antly dou­bling down on his re­cent ex­pres­sion of con­cerns about “pop­ulist dem­a­gogues” that prompted a re­buke from Rus­sia’s am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions.

In a broad-rang­ing news con­fer­ence touch­ing on is­sues in­clud­ing vi­o­lence in Ye­men, Syria and Sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hus­sein said some re­marks by Trump are “deeply un­set­tling and dis­turb­ing to me”, par­tic­u­larly on tor­ture and about “vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties”.

“If Don­ald Trump is elected, on the ba­sis of what he has said al­ready and un­less that changes, I think it’s with­out any doubt that he would be dan­ger­ous from an in­ter­na­tional point of view,” Zeid told re­porters in Geneva.

OVER­STEP­PING HIS MAN­DATE

The com­ments from Zeid, a Jor­da­nian prince, are likely to fan a de­bate in UN cir­cles about whether he has been over­step­ping his man­date as the High Com­mis­sioner for Hu­man Rights with com­ments on the US pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee and on na­tion­al­ist, xeno­pho­bic lead­ers in parts of Europe.

Only a day ear­lier, Rus­sia’s am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions in New York, Vi­taly Churkin, said Zeid shouldn’t crit­i­cise for­eign heads of state and govern­ment “for their poli­cies. This is not his business. He should be more fo­cused on his spe­cific re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.”

Zeid al­luded to a re­port Friday by The As­so­ci­ated Press in­di­cat­ing that Churkin had last month for­mally com­plained di­rectly to the UN sec­re­tary-gen­eral about Zeid’s re­cent com­ments, say­ing: “I was not there, of course, and there was no de­marche (for­mal re­port) made to me.”

The rights chief also ad­vanced the de­bate pub­licly. While he ac­knowl­edged UN rules that in­struct the world body to avoid in­ter­ven­ing in is­sues that are the “do­mes­tic ju­ris­dic­tion of states,” Zeid al­luded to sim­i­lar com­plaints about in­ter­fer­ence once made by apartheid South Africa United Na­tions High Com­mis­sioner for Hu­man Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hus­sein. Rep pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump.

that the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly dis­missed “time and again”.

He ap­peared to lament a de­cline in pub­lic re­ac­tion to hard­lin­ers with dan­ger­ous rhetoric.

“When it comes to ac­tions and state­ments from some of the pop­ulist dem­a­gogues, it is clear that we are see­ing a per­mis­sive en­vi­ron­ment where these state­ments are made with­out there be­ing the sort of uproar and re­ac­tion that one used to find com­mon­place,” Zeid said.

AP

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