Prince Zeid stresses stance against Hungarian Premier racist speech

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), Prince Zeid Bin Ra’ad was standing by “every single word” of his criticism of Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban, after calling it racist, the spokesperson of the agency, Rupert Colville, said.

The current dispute began Feb. 26 when Zeid, at a meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, quoted Orban’s comments made earlier that month in Hungary that Hungarians don’t want their “own color, traditions and national culture to be mixed by others.” The higher commissioner said in a statement last week “Mr. Orban’s speech on 8 February to a group of city councils was a clear-cut statement of racism. It is an insult to every African, Asian, Middle Eastern or Latin American woman, man and child.” “In parts of the US, as well as South Africa, miscegenation laws were integral to the humiliation and oppression of people termed of “lesser races”. But that era is long dead � or should be. To hear it unabashedly expressed by the leader of a modern, European Union country should outrage every one of us,” Prince Zeid said.

“But we are growing accustomed to the stoking of hatred for political profit,” stressing that “it is time to stand up to the bullies of Mr. Orban’s ilk. Hatred is a combustible force and it will not win � not in Europe and not today, the Prince added further.”

Source: Jordan News Agency