Jordan’s Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, a cousin to His Majesty King Abdullah, has been called a “U.S. backed tumour” by socialist Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Maduro made the comment on Friday about the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights who has criticised his regime.
The South American leader said that Zeid Ra’ad was a puppet of the United States who had no right to criticise Venezuela, adding that he had implanted himself as a tumour. It was Wednesday when the Prince made a statement, according to Reuters, which said that “crimes against humanity may have been committed by state forces in Venezuela.”
Additionally, Zeid Ra’ad stated that he was alarmed at “the erosion of democratic institutions” in Venezuela.
Maduro, who has followed in his predecessor Hugo Chávez’s footsteps in continually blaming outside forces and the United States for his country’s hard times instead of their own brutal regime, said, “The high commissioner is a militant of the fascist Venezuelan right. … He is a pawn of the State Department who is embedded like a tumour in the human rights system.
“He is a person who has lost all credibility to opine about our country.”
A presidential election is scheduled for May with opponents arguing that its only purpose is to legitimise the dictatorship. Reuters added that the Prince has also been critical of the upcoming election remarking that its “context does not in any way fulfil minimal conditions for free and credible elections.”
As the United Nations does not allow the use of royal or any other titles, as part of his role with the UN His Royal Highness is only referred to as Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.
Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein is the son of Prince Ra’ad bin Zeid (the head of the defunct royal houses of Iraq and Syria) and his Swedish-born wife, Majda Raad. He took up the position as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2014 after having served as Jordan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 2000 to 2007 and again from 2010 to 2014. He was previously the 18th Ambassador of Jordan to the United States from 2007 to 2010.