GENEVA: Republican nominee Donald Trump becoming president of the United States would present a global danger, the top United Nations human rights official said on Wednesday.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein cited Trump’s views on vulnerable communities including minorities and his talk of using torture, banned under international law, as “deeply unsettling and disturbing”.
Trump lashed out at US House Speaker Paul Ryan and other “disloyal” Republicans on Tuesday and vowed to campaign in whatever style he wants now that the party establishment has largely abandoned him. A 2005 video surfaced last week showing him bragging crudely to a reporter about groping women and making unwanted sexual advances.
Zeid, in a landmark speech in The Hague last month, accused Trump of spreading “humiliating racial and religious prejudice” and warned of a rise of 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,” Zeid said on Wednesday, when asked about Trump.
“We have to be on guard to see that in the end vulnerable populations, populations at risk do not again see their rights deprived because of a view that is in the ascendancy based on false premises,” Zeid said