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Former Chilean President appointed UN human rights chief

The United Nations General Assembly on Friday unanimously confirmed the appointment of former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet as the organization’s next human rights chief.

Bachelet, who was appointed by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday, will take over from Jordan’s Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein.

Mr Ra’ad is stepping down as the UN high commissioner for human rights at the end of the month after a four-year term.

Bachelet, who was tortured under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, was Chile’s first female president.

A fierce advocate for women’s rights, Bachelet was the first head of UN Women, the UN agency to promote gender equality and empowerment of women.

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