Ebola and ISIL have been neglected, says UN human rights chief

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Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein. (UNTV video capture)

The Ebola disease outbreak in West Africa and the ISIL terrorist group are two plagues that have been neglected by the international community, that's according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Speaking at his first press conference in Geneva on Thursday, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, said that ISIL kills, tortures and rapes and so is the antithesis of human rights.

He said the threat of ISIL and Ebola had not been fully understood.

"The twin plagues of Ebola and ISIL both fomented quietly, neglected by a world that knew they existed but misread their terrible potential, before exploding into the global consciousness during the latter months of 2014. The ability of Ebola to lay waste to human lives on an immense scale is now being realized." (26")

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights also said he was shocked that just six weeks into his job, he already had to consider making financial cuts.

He pointed out human rights activities are stretched to what he described as "breaking point in a world" that he said "seems to be lurching from crisis to ever more dangerous crisis."

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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