The secretary-general of the united Nations, Antonio Guterres, has appointed Wednesday, the former president of Chile Michelle Bachelet at the head of the High Commissioner for human rights, in replacement of the Jordanian Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, a scathing criticism of the american president Donald Trump. A 66-year-old Michelle Bachelet is part of the women’s policies of the most powerful in the world. She was the first director of UN Women, the united Nations agency promoting equality between women and men, to his creation, in 2010.
The daughter of a general opposed to the regime of Augusto Pinochet, she was detained and tortured by the political police of the dictator in 1975. His appointment, announced in a press release on Wednesday, has yet to be validated by the general Assembly, which is composed of 193 member States of the UN. By calling it “racist,” the Hungarian Prime minister Viktor Orban and “dangerous” the american president Donald Trump, his predecessor as High Commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, has often caused controversy, thus losing the support of several influential countries. This led him to not seek second term.
After being put back the United States, Russia and China during the four years of his tenure, he recognized that “in the present geopolitical context”, stay in office “may mean to put a knee in supplication”. “The silence does not assure you any respect,’ had estimated last week with journalists who must leave his post on 31 August, adding that he would give as advice to his successor to”be fair and do not discriminate against any country”, and to “be ready to struggle”. Nikki Haley, the us ambassador to the united Nations, has reacted to the appointment of Michelle Bachelet, urging him to “avoid the mistakes of the past”.
“Champion of women’s rights”
Of organizations for the defense of the rights of man had, however, expressed concerns about the possibility of the secretary-general of the united nations replaces Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, for a personality less virulent. “If she is the chosen one, (Michelle) Bachelet will be one of the toughest jobs in the world, at a time when the rights of man undergo an all-out attack”, believed prior to the announcement of Antonio Guterres, the director of Human Rights Watch, Kenneth Roth. “As a victim herself, she brings to this role a unique perspective on the importance of a vigorous defense of human rights,” he adds.
The socialist, a paediatrician by training, was the first woman president of Chile between 2006 and 2010 and again from 2014 to 2018. Last year, Antonio Guterres appointed her to be part of an advisory board of high level to the advisor on mediation initiatives. The secretary-general of the UN had qualified as a “champion of women’s rights in the long term”. Born in 1951 in Santiago, Michelle Bachelet continued to study medicine when she was arrested, detained and tortured with her mother by the political police of the dictator Pinochet in January 1975. President, she shoved at his second mandate as a company is considered to be very conservative by a series of progressive reforms, including the adoption of same-sex marriage and the decriminalization of abortion.
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