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The UN said Trump's travel ban 'is clearly discriminatory' and violates international law


The United Nations condemned President Trump's controversial travel ban in a statement on Wednesday, saying it violates international law.

"Such an order is clearly discriminatory based on one's nationality and leads to increased stigmatization of Muslim communities," the statement read.

The UN also said it feared that those who were barred from entering the U.S. were in danger of facing torture in their home countries. 

...this is a significant setback for those who are obviously in need of international protection.
UN statement

The statement came from a group of UN Special Rapporteurs on migrants, racism, human rights and counter-terrorism, torture and freedom of religion. 

Trump has insisted the ban is necessary for national security.

The ban has been widely criticized worldwide. Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the United Kingdom's Labour Party, said any Trump visit to the U.K. should be put on hold until the ban is lifted. 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel also condemned the ban, saying even the war on terror didn't justify religious or national discrimination. 

French Prime Minister said the "kind of discourse" in the U.S. "encourages populism and even extremism."

On Tuesday, Secretary-General António Guterres outlined guidelines for refugee policy.

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