UN humans right chief says Trump would be “dangerous” if elected

The UN’s human rights chief, Zeid Raad Hussein, said Wednesday that U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has vowed to use torture and previously suggested to ban Muslims from entering the country, would be “dangerous” if elected.

“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,” Hussein said at a news conference in Geneva.

Hussein said that the comments Trump has made on the use of torture and on vulnerable communities are “deeply unsettling and disturbing.”

During his presidential campaign, Trump has made several comments on his support of the use of torture, saying he would introduce “a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.”

“Would I approve waterboarding? You bet your ass I would - in a heartbeat," Trump said during a rally at a convention center in Ohio. "And I would approve more than that. Don't kid yourself, folks. It works, okay? It works. Only a stupid person would say it doesn't work."

Waterboarding, a form of simulated drowning, has been a banned U.S interrogation technique since the Vietnam war, but the administration of George W. Bush used the technique in attempts to get information from terrorism suspects, though subsequent reports found that it did not valuable information.

Following the San Bernardino shooting that left 14 people dead, carried out on behalf of the Islamic State group (ISIS), Trump called for a ban on all Muslims entering the country.

“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,” his campaign said in a release at the time.

However, during Sunday’s presidential debate, Trump said that the Muslim ban had turned into an “extreme vetting” of refugees from certain areas of the world.

Hussein has spoken out before on his view on Trump’s policies. "Bigotry is not proof of strong leadership. It is evidence of the lowest and most craven lack of faith in the principles that uphold a 'land of the free',” Hussein said during a speech in Cleveland, Ohio, in April.

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