Michelle Bachelet appointed as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

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Former two-time President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, has been appointed as the seventh United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Bachelet, who held the office of Executive Director of UN Women between 2010 and 2013, is to replace Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the current commissioner, who took on the role in September 2014.

2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human rights. The office of the High Commissioner was created in 1993.

“Michelle Bachelet brings a unique experience to the United Nations and to all of us, and is strongly committed to keeping human rights at the forefront of the work of the United Nations,” UN chief Antonio Guterres said, and called her a “pioneer”.

Bachelet will take charge on September 1.

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