The United Nations human rights chief has told a security conference in The Hague that politicians such as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and former U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage use the same tactics as the so-called Islamic State.
Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, the UN high commissioner for human rights, trained his initial attack on the Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders, accusing him of using bigotry as a political weapon. Wilders said last month that if elected he would close all mosques and ban the Quran and Muslim immigrants.
During his speech, al-Hussein accused a number of global politicians of employing the same tactics as ISIS.
"What Mr. Wilders shares in common with Mr. Trump, Mr. (Viktor) Orban, Mr. (Milos) Zeman, Mr. (Nobert) Hofer, Mr. (Robert) Fico, Madame (Marine) Le Pen, Mr. Farage, he also shares with Da'esh (ISIS)," he said Monday.
He added a qualification to the comparison: "Make no mistake; I certainly do not equate the actions of nationalist demagogues with those of Daesh (ISIS). But in its mode of communication, its use of half-truths and oversimplification, the propaganda of Daesh uses tactics similar to those of the populists."