Arrow-right Camera
News >  World

U.N. rights chief: China, White House seem ‘hostile’ on rights

In this Feb. 27, 2017  photo, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Jordan's Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein, delivers his statement at the Human Rights Council, in Geneva, Switzerland. (Salvatore di Nolfi / Associated Press)
In this Feb. 27, 2017 photo, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Jordan's Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein, delivers his statement at the Human Rights Council, in Geneva, Switzerland. (Salvatore di Nolfi / Associated Press)

GENEVA – The U.N.’s human rights chief says China’s Communist Party has taken a “hostile position” on the universality of human rights and that “the rhetoric from the White House” is heading in the same direction.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein also told French Catholic daily La Croix in an interview published Monday that Europe faces a “crisis of identity and integration policy.”

Zeid says while governments must protect their citizens, he’s “worried about the tendency of authorities in Europe to overreact after terrorist attacks.”

He pointed to a U.N. tribunal’s genocide conviction of former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic as a victory for human rights.

Zeid also defended the U.N. and said his office’s budget equaled “one-tenth of what the Swiss spend on chocolate every year.”


Subscribe to the Morning Review newsletter

Get the day's top headlines delivered to your inbox every morning by subscribing to our newsletter

There was a problem subscribing you to the newsletter. Double check your email and try again, or email webteam@spokesman.com

You have been successfully subscribed!


Top stories in World

Kim Jong Un agrees to dismantle main nuke site if U.S. takes steps too

UPDATED: 11:15 p.m.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced a sweeping set of agreements after their second day of talks in Pyongyang on Wednesday that included a promise by Kim to permanently dismantle the North’s main nuclear complex if the United States takes corresponding measures, the acceptance of international inspectors to monitor the closing of a key missile test site and launch pad and a vow to work together to host the Summer Olympics in 2032.