UN Human Rights Head Steps Down Over Jerusalem Debacle

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’d al-Hussein has announced he will not be seeking a second four-year term just hours after condemning the recent actions of Israel and the United States regarding Palestine. “To do so, in the current geopolitical context, might involve bending a knee in supplication; muting a statement of advocacy; lessening the independence and integrity of my voice — which is your voice,” al-Hussein said. The UN official had recently spoken out against every permanent member of the Security Council, both directly and indirectly. He criticized the European Union for its “chilling indifference” towards refugees, and has repeatedly denounced U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban on Muslim-majority countries as “grossly irresponsible.”
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