His Comments Encouraged Racism And Xenophobia; UN Labels Trump A Shocking And Shameful Racist
“These are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States. There is no other word one can use but 'racist',”

The United Nations human rights office on Friday has sharply criticised President Donald Trump’s vulgar comments on migrants from Africa and Haiti, calling them shocking and shameful.

On Thursday, Trump attacked immigrants coming to the United States and referred to those immigrants from Africa and Haiti as coming from “shithole” countries.

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said according to two people who spoke to The Washington Post. Trump reportedly suggested that the US should instead bring more people from countries like Norway, whose prime minister he met on Wednesday.

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“These are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States. There is no other word one can use but ‘racist’,” UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said at a briefing in Geneva.

“You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as ‘shitholes,’ whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome. The positive comment on Norway makes the underlying sentiment very clear,” Colville added:

“This is not just a story about vulgar language,” Colville said referring to Trump’s comments vilifying Mexicans who cross the border as “rapists” and Trump’s re-tweeting of anti-Muslim propaganda from a far-right British group: “It is about opening the door to humanity’s worst side. It is about validating and encouraging racism and xenophobia that will potentially disrupt and even destroy the lives of many people.”

Colville said Trump had also failed to clearly condemn the “anti-Semitic and racist actions of white supremacists in Charlottesville” at a rally in Virginia last August.

“The future of the Dreamers should not be used as a bargaining chip to negotiate the most severe and restrictive immigration and security measures possible. These are human beings, not commodities,” Colville added.

Earlier, a group of 54 “extremely appalled” African countries demanded Trump retract and apologise for his reported comments.

The group of African ambassadors to the UN said in a statement that it was “concerned at the continuing and growing trend from the US administration toward Africa and people of African descent to denigrate the continent and people of colour.”

“The group is extremely appalled at, and strongly condemns the outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks by the president of the United States of America as widely reported by the media,” a statement added whole demanding a “retraction and an apology.”

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