Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the UN high commissioner for human rights, spoke out against the prime minister’s promise to rip-up human rights legislation to combat jihadis saying they were a “gift to dictators”.
He said: “Whatever the intention behind her remarks, they were highly regrettable, a gift from a major Western leader to every authoritarian figure around the world who shamelessly violates human rights under the pretext of fighting terrorism.”
Mrs May used one of her final speeches before the General Election to declare she would change any law standing in the way of preventing terror attacks.
May made the assurances after the London Bridge terror attack
It came in the wake of the London Bridge attack and Manchester Arena’s atrocity. She said the UK would be given any and all the “powers they need”.
But Mr al-Hussein said this attitude played into the hands of US President Donald Trump and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte he accused of ”breaking long-held taboos” to support torture and extra-judicial killings.
Talking during the annual Grotius lecture for the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, he added: The dangers to the entire system of international law are therefore very real.”
Mrs May, the former Home Secretary, said: “I mean making it easier for the authorities to deport foreign terrorist suspects back to their own countries.
“And I mean doing more to restrict the freedom and the movements of terrorist suspects when we have enough evidence to know they are.
al-Hussein said May’s plans played into the ands of dictators
a threat, but not enough evidence to prosecute them in full in court.
“And if our human rights laws stop us from doing it, we will change the laws so we can do it.”