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Top U.N. Human Rights Official Denounces Trump's Pro-Torture Rhetoric


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Top U.N. Human Rights Official Denounces Trump's Pro-Torture Rhetoric

Julia Conley, staff writer

A top human rights official for the United Nations is concerned that President Trump's pro-torture rhetoric could usher in a new era marked by the broad use of torture by world powers.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said this week that Trump's "persistent flirtation" with a return to torture could lead to the exploitation of tactics like waterboarding and other so-called enhanced interrogation techniques by governments.