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Former Chilean president Bachelet appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Press Trust of India  |  United Nations 

Former Chilean Michelle was appointed today by the UN as the world body's next top to replace Jordanian Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein.

UN had this week nominated to be the next UN for Human Rights. Her name was forwarded for consideration by the 193-member UN General Assembly, which today approved her appointment.

warmly welcomed the UN General Assembly's appointment of to succeed him when his mandate comes to an end on 31 August 2018.

"I am truly delighted by the appointment of as the next UN for Human Rights," Zeid said.

"She has all the attributes courage, perseverance, passion, and a deep commitment to human rights to make her a successful The looks forward to welcoming her and working under her leadership for the promotion and protection of all human rights, for everyone, everywhere."

Bachelet most recently served as of (from 2014 to 2018, and 2006 to 2010). She was the of UN-Women between 2010 and 2013. She has also served as The UN today approved the UN Secretary-General's appointment of Bachelet for a four-year term as High Commissioner.

Bachelet will be the seventh High Commissioner since the Office was created in 1993. Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein has been in office since 1 September 2014. His predecessors are: (1994-97); (1997-2002); (2002-03); (2004-08); and (2008-14).

Following consultations with the Chairs of the regional groups of Member States, Guterres had informed the of his intention to appoint Bachelet as the next High Commissioner for Human Rights. Bachelet, 66 will succeed al-Hussein, who had been one of the most outspoken critics of abuses by governments in many countries. Her name now goes forward for consideration and approval by the 193-member

The UN is the who speaks out for human rights across the whole UN system, strengthening human rights mechanisms; enhancing equality; fighting discrimination in all its forms; strengthening accountability and the rule of law; widening the democratic space and protecting the most vulnerable from all forms of human rights abuse.

Al-Hussein will step down from his role at the end of this month. He served a single term, beginning in 2014. During his tenure, Al-hussein had been outspoken in his criticism of abuses in dozens of countries from and to the At a farewell conference at this month, he had said he does not regret speaking out against human rights abuses, saying "silence does not earn you any respect none."


In June this year, he had released a first ever report on in which he had called for a commission of inquiry by the to conduct an independent, international investigation into the human rights situation in and PoK. had rejected that report, terming it as "fallacious, tendentious and motivated and a selective compilation of largely unverified information.

Headquartered in Geneva, the (OHCHR) is mandated to promote and protect the universal exercise and full realization of human rights, across the world, as established in the UN Charter.

Bachelet's nomination has received cautious reactions from diplomats and human rights organizations. US to the UN Nikki said the had withdrawn from the UN in part because of the Council's consistent failure to address extreme human rights abuses in the Western Hemisphere, in and in particular.

added that the Human Rights Commissioner can have a strong voice on these critical issues, even when the fails to live up to its name. It is incumbent on the Secretary-General's choice, Bachelet, to avoid the failures of the past.

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 20:41 IST
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