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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights attacks The Sun newspaper over article calling migrants "cockroaches"

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, pointed out that “cockroaches” was used by both the Nazis and those responsible for the genocide in Rwanda.

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24 April 2015

UN human rights chief denounces Sun over Katie Hopkins 'cockroach' column

Author: Sam Jones & Jasper Jackson, Guardian (UK)

The UN’s human rights chief has attacked the Sun newspaper for publishing an article by columnist Katie Hopkins, branding her use of the word “cockroaches” to describe migrants as reminiscent of anti-Semitic Nazi propaganda. In a scathing and extraordinary intervention, the UN high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, points out that the word “cockroaches” was used by both the Nazis and those behind the genocide in Rwanda, and urges the UK government, media and regulators to respect national and international laws on curbing incitement to hatred. “The Nazi media described people their masters wanted to eliminate as rats and cockroaches,” said Zeid. “This type of language is clearly inflammatory and unacceptable, especially in a national newspaper. The Sun’s editors took an editorial decision to publish this article, and – if it is found in breach of the law – should be held responsible along with the author.”....News UK had not responded to a request for comment at the time of publication.

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23 April 2015

Katie Hopkins: Police examine incitement to racial hatred allegations against The Sun columnist

Author: Samantha Payne, Intl. Business Times

Police are considering the 'incitement to hatred' allegations against Katie Hopkins and The Sun newspaper after her "xenophobic" comments comparing migrants to "cockroaches". The Society of Black Lawyers wrote a...letter to the Met Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe calling for Hopkins and The Sun's editor David Dinsmore to be immediately investigated under the Public Order Act 1986...In her column dated 17 April she described the crisis of the migrants fleeing Libya as "cockroaches" who should all be shot at with "gunships" to prevent them from landing on shore...The society said it would also be petitioning the International Criminal Court to carry out an investigation into these comments under "the provisions of incitement to commit crimes against humanity"...The agent for Katie Hopkins was not available for comment. A spokesman for the newspaper said: "The Sun has not received any communication from either the Met or the ICC."

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