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Top UN official: Trump a ‘global danger’

Zeid Ra'ad al–Hussein
Zeid Ra'ad has criticised the rises of populists and demagogues in the West. Photo: AFP/Getty
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The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said Donald Trump would present a “global danger” if he were elected.

Zeid Ra’ad al–Hussein, a Jordanian prince, said some comments by the Republican nominee were “deeply unsettling and disturbing”, particularly on torture and about vulnerable people.

He was speaking at a press conference in Geneva.

The Economic Times reports Zeid Ra’ad told reporters he was not keen or intent on interfering in any political campaign.

But, he said, in the light of the “deeply unsettling and disturbing” comments from Mr Trump, it was only right to sound the alarm.

“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,” Mr Zeid said.

In a speech in The Hague last month Mr Zeid accused Mr Trump of spreading “humiliating racial and religious prejudice” and warned of a rise in populist politics that could turn violent.

“I always believe that it’s incumbent on leaders to lead and to lead in a way that is ethical and moral,” Mr Zeid said on Wednesday.

“The use of half truths is a very clever political device.

“Because as every propagandist knows, you allow the listener to fill in the rest.”

– with agencies

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