Bachelet will not opt ​​for a second term as UN High Commissioner

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, announced today that he will not stand for a new mandate, which he took office in 2018 and which will end shortly.

“This historic session will be the last in which I will appear,” Bachelet said at the end of a speech in which she reviewed the situation of fundamental rights and freedoms in the world before the UN Human Rights Council.

This announcement comes amidst the criticism that Bachelet has received for the way in which she recently made an official visit to China, in which she was supposed to inquire about the situation of the uyghur muslim minoritysubject to repression by Beijingas confirmed by various human rights entities.

The mandate of high commissioner of human rights, created in 1993, lasts four years and has only been renewed once, when it was held by the South African Navy Pillay (2008-2014).

The Secretary General of the United Nations, currently Antònio Guterres, is in charge of proposing a personality for the position, and his proposal must be approved by the United Nations General Assembly.

Bachelet’s statement implies that the former Chilean president will no longer be at the head of the main United Nations human rights body at the next session of the Human Rights Council that began today, which will be held from September 12 to October 7.


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