Trump’s backing of torture ‘unsettling’: UN human rights chief

US President Donald Trump’s support for using torture as an interrogation method is “profoundly unsettling,” says UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein.

“I have been amazed by the President’s openly voiced personal support for torture,” Zeid said at Vanderbilt University Law School students in Tennessee on Tuesday, calling the inhumane practice “repugnant” and “useless.”

During his campaign run, the new US president repeatedly expressed his support for torture and in particular the practice of waterboarding, or artificial drowning.

“The prospect that torture, or some airbrushed version of it, could be revived in this country, potentially in response to some future terrorist outrage, is profoundly unsettling,” Zeid said.

Zeid argued that leaders like Trump would only embrace torture out of anger and fear.

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