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Outgoing UN human rights chief hails choice of successor

Outgoing UN human rights chief hails choice of successor

BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations’ outgoing human rights chief is welcoming the choice of former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet as his successor, praising her “deep commitment to human rights.”

Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, a Jordanian diplomat and member of the Mideast kingdom’s royal family, ends his 4-year term as the Geneva-based U.N. high commissioner for human rights on Aug. 31.

Zeid said in a statement Friday that he was “truly delighted” by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ appointment of Bachelet on Wednesday.

He said “she has all the attributes — courage, perseverance, passion and a deep commitment to human rights — to make her a successful high commissioner.”

In that role, Zeid was an outspoken critic of abuses across the world, insisting recently that his office doesn’t “bring shame on governments, they shame themselves.”

Published at Fri, 10 Aug 2018 14:42:24 +0000