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UN rights chief says Trump's travel ban is illegal

January 30, 2017 17:18

GENEVA - Discriminating against people on the basis of their nationality is illegal, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Twitter on Monday, referring to U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban on nationals from seven Middle Eastern countries.

"Discrimination on nationality alone is forbidden under #humanrights law," Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein said in a tweet sent by his office. "The US ban is also mean-spirited, and wastes resources needed for proper counter-terrorism."

After a weekend of confusion, protests and worldwide outcry over Trump's sweeping immigration order, the US Department of Homeland Security said late on Sunday that legal permanent residents, holders of so-called green cards, would be admitted, subject to security checks.

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