Diplomats: Chile's Bachelet to Be New UN Human Rights Chief

Diplomats: Chile's Bachelet to Be New UN Human Rights Chief
Diplomats say Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has chosen Chile's former President Michelle Bachelet to be the next U.N. human rights chief.


The diplomats said Wednesday that U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a group of ambassadors of Guterres' decision on Tuesday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because there has been no official announcement.

 

Bachelet must be confirmed by the 193-member U.N. General Assembly.

 

U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said he could not confirm the report but said a name was being sent to the assembly.

 

Bachelet served as Chile's president twice, from 2006-2010 and from 2014-2018. In between, she was the first head of U.N. Women, a new agency to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women.

 

 She will replace Jordanian Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein whose term ends Aug. 31.