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Former two-time President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet has been appointed as UN Human Rights High Commissioner with effect from September 1, the UN said.

She was elected by the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Friday.

Minutes after she was voted in, UN chief Antonio Guterres told reporters he was “delighted” by the news of her official appointment as Michelle Bachelet “has been as formidable a figure in her native Chile, as she has at the United Nations”.

“She has lived under the darkness of dictatorship,” he continued. “As a physician, she knows the trials of people thirsting for health and yearning to enjoy other vital economic and social rights. And she knows the responsibilities of both national and global leadership”.

Following the announcement, Ms. Bachelet said she was "deeply humbled and honored" to have been entrusted with "this important task."

Her predecessor in this position, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein also warmly welcomed her appointment.

“She has all the attributes – courage, perseverance, passion, and a deep commitment to human rights – to make her a successful High Commissioner,” he said on Friday in a statement.

The UN chief paid special tribute to Zeid, who is stepping down after one term as the key UN voice on global human rights at the end of this month, saying that he wished “to express my deep gratitude to my good colleague and friend.”

Michelle Bachelet will be the seventh High Commissioner since the office was created in 1993.

 

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  • Lawry Saturday, 11 August 2018 07:30 PM

    Why could they not find a Sri Lankan candidate. A former what ever.

    Doctor Sunday, 12 August 2018 04:54 PM

    Because ours are only third standard passed politicians.She was a great president twice and a leading doctor of medicine.

    Ranjan Sunday, 12 August 2018 06:45 PM

    Doctor, the title you hold as Doctor is an artificial qualification.

    Sam Sunday, 12 August 2018 08:40 AM

    This is the type of role former leaders should take. Not grovelling to get back in power.

    Rohan Sunday, 12 August 2018 09:45 AM

    UNHR Head has no power ?

    Lord Wolfstein Sunday, 12 August 2018 09:51 AM

    Hopefully she will be strict on Sri Lanka and will not allow the government to play on time anymore.

    Jude Sunday, 12 August 2018 06:55 PM

    I hope the new commish not going to be critical of SL Government!!!???

    Selvaraja Sunday, 12 August 2018 06:56 PM

    The doctors have no clues about the science behind the medical problems and they survive in their jobs just by playing with “green medicine and if it does not work red medicine,and if that still does not work,wellthe great doctors tried their best”. Such people who are out of their depth in the job they are supposed to be masters of,are being given jobs in other fields outside medicine.


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