UN official slams Donald Trump
US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump would be “dangerous from an international point of view” if he is elected, the UN human rights chief has said.
In a broad-ranging news conference touching on issues such as 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.
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 as well as earlier concerns about nationalist, xenophobic leaders in parts of Europe.
Zeid, though, said: “Clearly I am not keen or intent on interfering in any political campaign within particular country.”
But, he added that he felt he should speak out in the wake of Trump’s calls that suggested he favoured a “potential” for an increase in “the use of torture.” Trump has endorsed the use of tor- any ture against terror suspects, including speaking about the issue at rallies before cheering crowds.
Earlier this week, Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations in New York said Zeid shouldn’t criticize foreign heads of state and government “for their policies. This is not his business”.
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