Michelle Bachelet Appointed as the High Commissioner for Human Rights

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Published on 10 Aug 2018, 14:22
General Assembly approves the appointment of Michelle Bachelet (Chile) as the new High Commissioner for Human Rights for the term of 4 years.

After a vote today (10 Aug) by the United Nations General Assembly in New York, former two-time President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, has officially been appointed as High Commissioner for Human Rights, effective from 1 September.

The announcement was made by General Assembly President, Miroslav Lajčák.

The High Commissioner, is the principle official 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.

The job is currently held by Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, who steps down from the unique role, calling governments and leaders to account for human rights abuses, at the end of this month. He served a single term, beginning in 2014.

Headquartered in Geneva, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (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.

Screenshot: (Stock Image) UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre
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