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Trump would pose 'global danger' if elected president, UN human rights chief warns

Trump has been slammed for his political judgement and the recent 2005 tape showing him making derogatory comments about women has been an added blow. Photograph: (Getty)

WION Geneva, Switzerland Oct 12, 2016, 01.11 PM (IST)

In light of the "unsettling" and "disturbing" comments from the US presidential candidate Donald Trump, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights warned that Trump would present a global danger if elected the president of the United States.  

Rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein at a press conference in Geneva said he was "not keen or intent on interfering in any political campaign" but Trump's views on vulnerable communities and his talk of using torture, banned under international law, pointed to a "dangerous" figure emerging on the world stage. 

Trump had called to bring back interrogation techniques that legal experts say amount to torture. Portraying a stance on national security, Trump has vowed to build a wall to stop Mexican immigrants from crossing the border. 

"We are not a political office, so we are not going to get into ... politics, but where it affects the rights of people and especially vulnerable groups, we will speak," he said, insisting: "I see no reason to curb what it is that we are saying."

Zeid insisted that his office wholeheartedly "supports the freedom of expression. We believe it to be not just a right, but the greatest check against tyranny" he said.

"However, when you fan resentment and seek as a political leader to pin blame on a specific community for deeper problems, real problems, this is highly regrettable," he said.

Last month, in a landmark speech in The Hague, Zeid accused Trump of spreading "humiliating racial and religious prejudice" and warned of a rise of populist politics that could turn violent. He warned that "real fears were being stoked and exploited" and stressed that "it was within the mandate of the office to speak out where we feel that vulnerable groups are being targeted for reasons that are misplaced."

Zeid's comparison of Trump to Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban, France's National Front leader Marine Le Pen and leading Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage, angered Russia.

Russia's ambassador to the UN in New York Vitaly Churkin earlier this week complained the rights chief had overstepped his authority and had no business criticising foreign heads of state and government. 

Trump's support among the party establishment has dwindled recently after a 2005 video surfaced showing him making lewd remarks about women. 

(WION with inputs from agencies) 

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