The world would be in "danger" if Republican nominee Donald Trump is elected President of the US in November 2016, according to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein. His remarks come as Trump comes under attack from across the political spectrum, and is mocked for telling supporters to vote for him on 28th November — polling day is on the 8th.
Zeid said he felt compelled to speak out because of what Trump said pertaining to the Convention against Torture, which was ratified by US President Barack Obama and which prohibits waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation" techniques. Trump has already said he would allow waterboarding, and worse, claims: "torture works."
"If Donald Trump is elected on the basis of what he has said already — and unless that changes — I think it is without any doubt that he would be dangerous from an international point of view," said Zeid in Geneva, according to Reuters. Referring to Trump's many quotes about Muslims and Mexicans, among other groups, Zeid added: "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."
It seems unlikely Trump will be concerned about being criticised by the UN, which he has attacked in the past for "not [being] a friend... to the United States of America." However with senior Republicans failing to endorse his candidacy and some voters repulsed by recordings of comments he made about women, his campaign appears to be faltering. A new BBC poll puts him six points behind his Democrat opponent Hillary Clinton.
Trump remains defiant, claiming to have the backing of ordinary Americans against what he calls the political elite. However in a video posted by CNBC he urged voters to get out and vote for him in the election on 28th November. The election actually takes place on the 8th.