UN of­fi­cial slams Don­ald Trump

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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”.

ABUSE: Trump favours the use of tor­ture

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