UN Human Rights

UN human rights chief condemns Western 'demagogues'

Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein singled out Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders, saying he used bigotry as a political weapon.

He said he and others, including US Republican Donald Trump and Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage, used the same tactics as so-called Islamic State.

Mr Hussein was addressing a security conference in The Hague.

In an election manifesto published last month, Mr Wilders said that if elected he would close all mosques and ban the Koran and Muslim immigrants.

OHCHR commends Samoa for rights report

Catherine Phuong was in Samoa when its first Periodic Human Rights Review was released.

It was issued by the Office of the Ombudsman under its role as the National Human Rights Institution.

The report highlighted many issues such as gender inequality and abuse, the rights of children and the state of local prisons.

Ms Phuong says the report and the rights focus of the Ombudsman mark a great time for Samoa and the region.