The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein in a speech on Friday said regarding Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump and other presidential hopefuls, “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”.
“Less than one hundred and fifty miles away from where I speak, a front-running candidate to be President of this country declared, just a few months ago, his enthusiastic support for torture, inflicting intolerable pain on people, in order to force them to deliver or invent information that they may not have”.
“We have heard hateful slander of foreigners, and multiple candidates declaring their support for extensive and intrusive surveillance of people based on their religious beliefs, vast and discriminatory systems to single out and discriminate against Muslims”.
Al Hussein went on to mention the Nazi holocaust and the genocide of Bosnian Muslims adding, “And yet, in what may be a crucial election for leadership of this country later this year, we have seen a full-frontal attack disguised as courageous taboo-busting on some fundamental, hard-won tenets of decency and social cohesion that have come to be accepted by American society”.
“We have heard these calls to hatred, calls stigmatizing and demonizing minorities, beginning the validation of violence”. “Real courage would mean standing up for the great and enduring values of this society,” adding that the rhetoric is “dangerously divisive”.