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The United Nations Human Rights lauches a scathing attack on Western populist politicians

The UN’s human rights chief has launched a scathing attack on Western populist politicians, branding them “demagogues and political fantasists”.

Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein singled out Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders, saying he used bigotry as a political weapon.

He said he and others, including US Republican Donald Trump and Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage, used the same tactics as so-called Islamic State.

Mr Hussein was addressing a security conference in The Hague.

In an election manifesto published last month, Mr Wilders said that if elected he would close all mosques and ban the Koran and Muslim immigrants.

 

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