“Rhetoric of Fascism” on the rise in US and Europe: UN human rights chief

The �rhetoric of Fascism� is on the rise in the US and Europe said Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, the United Nations human rights chief, in a statement.

“Rhetoric of Fascism” on the rise in US and Europe: UN human rights chief

The “rhetoric of Fascism” is on the rise in the US and Europe said Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, the United Nations human rights chief, in a statement.

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN high commissioner for human rights, said an "unprecedented pressure on international human rights standards risks unravelling the unique set of protections set in place after the end of Second World War.”

He said that 2016 has been a disastrous year for human rights across the world and highlighted the refugee crisis unleashed by the Syrian conflict and extremist movements that subject people to "horrific violence", climate change, and "yawning economic disparities."



Zeid warned that "if the growing erosion of the carefully constructed system of human rights and rule of law continues to gather momentum, ultimately everyone will suffer."


“The failure of many leaders to effectively and honestly deal with such issues has pushed many to turn to the siren voices exploiting fears, sowing disinformation and division, and making alluring promises they cannot fulfil,” he warned.

His comments follow a string of populist victories in Europe, and the stunning November election of Donald Trump as the next US president.

"In some parts of Europe, and in the United States, anti-foreigner rhetoric full of unbridled vitriol and hatred, is proliferating to a frightening degree, and is increasingly unchallenged," Zeid said.

"The rhetoric of fascism is no longer confined to a secret underworld of fascists, meeting in ill-lit clubs or on the 'Deep Net'. It is becoming part of normal daily discourse," he said.