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UN Rights Chief Says U.S. Candidate Trump 'Dangerous' For The World

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein

The United Nations' human rights chief has ignored criticism from Russia and said that Republican candidate Donald Trump would be a "dangerous" U.S. president "from an international point of view."

Russia's ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, said this week that Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein should not be criticizing Western populist leaders, including Trump, and should stick to the business of human rights.

But Zeid said on October 12 that some comments by Trump have been "deeply unsettling and disturbing" from a rights perspective, particularly his comments on torture and "vulnerable people" such as refugees.

Zeid, a Jordanian prince, also told reporters in Geneva that he doesn't plan to tone down his remarks decrying the dangers posed by "populists and demagogues" for immigrants and other vulnerable populations.

"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," he said.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters