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U.N. General Assembly approves Chile’s Bachelet as rights chief

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By ITN News Editor August 11, 2018 14:17

U.N. General Assembly approves Chile’s Bachelet as rights chief

The United Nations General Assembly approved the appointment of former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet as the world body’s new human rights chief.U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the appointment of Bachelet on Wednesday.She will replace Jordan’s Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, who is stepping down at the end of the month after a four-year term in the Geneva-based job. Bachelet, who was tortured under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, was the first woman to be president of Chile, one of the region’s most developed economies.A former pediatrician, Bachelet first served as president from 2006 to 2010, and was popular for her government’s welfare policies and steady economic growth during her tenure.Bachelet then led U.N. Women, which supports gender equality and the empowerment of women, between 2010 and 2013. She returned to Chile and served again as president from 2014 to March this year, pushing for a more radical tax-and-spend agenda, as well as for gay marriage and abortion rights in the socially conservative country. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said in a statement on Wednesday that the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights can have a “strong voice” on critical issues. The United States withdrew in June from the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council, which is separate from the High Commissioner for Human Rights office but works closely with it, over what it called chronic bias against Israel and a lack of reform.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor August 11, 2018 14:17
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