UN to appoint African human rights chief

General Ban Ki-moon has informed the General Assembly of his intention to appoint Judge Navanethem Pillay of South Africa as the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

UN to appoint African human rights chief
General Ban Ki-moon has informed the General Assembly of his intention to appoint Judge Navanethem Pillay of South Africa as the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Since 2003, Ms. Pillay has served as Judge on the International Criminal Court (ICC), based in The Hague, Netherlands.

Prior to that, she served – as both Judge and President – on the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), which she joined in 1995.

Mr. Ban's spokesperson said that Judge Pillay's nomination was made at the end of "an extensive selection process" which included consultations with Member States and with the broad-based non-governmental organization (NGO) community.

Mr. Ban is "determined to fully support Ms. Pillay in carrying out her work, including with increased resources, as approved by the General Assembly," she added.

Agencies


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