UN approves Volker Turk as next Human Rights chief

The United Nations General Assembly has approved the appointment of Austrian diplomat and veteran UN staffer Volker Turk as the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to replace former commissioner Michelle Bachelet.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had proposed that Turk succeed Bachelet, whose term ended on August 31, and the UN’s 193-member assembly quickly approved the appointment by consensus on Thursday.

Turk said that he was “deeply honoured” to be appointed as the next High Commissioner for Human Rights and that he felt “a deep sense of responsibility” taking over his new role.

“Will give it my all to advance the promises of Universal Declaration of Human Rights for everyone, everywhere”, Turk said in a tweet on Friday.

The UN said in a statement that Turk had a long and distinguished career in the advancement of human rights globally.

“Notably the international protection of some of the world’s most vulnerable people — refugees and stateless persons,” the UN said.

(Excerpts : aljazeera)

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